\ˈprint \

Definition of print 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a mark made by pressure : impression

b : something impressed with a print or formed in a mold

c : fingerprint

2a : printed state or form

b : the printing industry

3a : printed matter

b prints plural : printed publications

4 : printed letters : type

5a(1) : a copy made by printing

(2) : a reproduction of an original work of art (such as a painting) made by a photomechanical process

(3) : an original work of art (such as a woodcut, etching, or lithograph) intended for graphic reproduction and produced by or under the supervision of the artist who designed it

b : cloth with a pattern or figured design applied by printing also : an article of such cloth

c : a photographic or motion-picture copy especially : one made from a negative

in print

: procurable from the publisher

out of print

: not procurable from the publisher


printed; printing; prints

Definition of print (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to impress something in or on

b : to stamp (something, such as a mark) in or on something

2a : to make a copy of by impressing paper against an inked printing surface

b(1) : to impress (something, such as wallpaper) with a design or pattern

(2) : to impress (a pattern or design) on something

c : to publish in print

d : print out also : to display on a surface (such as a computer screen) for viewing

3 : to write in letters shaped like those of ordinary roman text type

4 : to make (a positive picture) on a sensitized photographic surface from a negative or a positive

intransitive verb

1a : to work as a printer

b : to produce printed matter

2 : to produce something in printed form

3 : to write or hand-letter in imitation of unjoined printed characters



Definition of print (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or writing for printed publications print journalists

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Synonyms for print

Synonyms: Noun

impress, impression, imprint, stamp

Synonyms: Verb

get out, issue, publish, put out

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Examples of print in a Sentence


What is the print size of your book? an exhibit of 16th-century German prints


We printed 50 invitations before we ran out of ink. The new machine prints 30 pages per minute. Your tickets are being printed now. a slogan printed on a bumper sticker Your tickets are printing now. This printer allows you to print on both sides of a sheet of paper. They printed 10,000 copies of the book's new edition. I'm surprised they printed that cartoon in the paper. Her picture was printed in a magazine last month.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Selena Gomez sported her $24 Urban Outfitters take on the trend back in August and Kylie Jenner donned her print in wrap dress form. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Sarah Hyland Wore a Leopard Print Coat," 14 Oct. 2018 Though the label is known for its vivid prints, Princess Eugenie went for a traditional white gown with a full skirt, long sleeves, and a neckline that folded over the shoulders to create a low back. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding: a fashion FAQ," 12 Oct. 2018 Picutre an intelligent, laser-wielding robot that can analyze the damage and 3D-print the needed titanium alloy parts from an onboard supply of metallic dust. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Putting A.I. Brains Into 3D Printers Will Change the Game for the Navy," 1 Oct. 2018 Think loose shapes, a color scheme in mostly black with the odd, attention-grabbing print or statement scarf, some big jewellery, and comfortable, walking-friendly shoes. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 8 Best Lessons I Learned Living the Lagom Life," 31 Oct. 2018 So many voices and opinions are taken very seriously by the travel industry and forecast important travel trends that help us best shape our print and online content. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Do the Readers' Choice Awards Work?," 9 Oct. 2018 Under the Fifth Amendment, which protects against self-incrimination, there's a distinction between security measures like passcodes and biometric information such as finger prints and facial scans. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "FBI Unlocks a Suspect's iPhone Using His Face," 1 Oct. 2018 The blueprint illustrations are screen printed in white ink on a clear polyester film that can sit atop the photograph of the project, creating a multi-layered print that promotes the visions in a striking way. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Buckminster Fuller made fancy posters for his greatest inventions," 6 Sep. 2018 Hard copies of the book, which has long been out of print, have fetched as much as $2,500 among collectors., "SoftBank raises stake in Yahoo Japan in purchase from Altaba," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For Pyeongchang this year, where the temperatures dropped into the low double digits, Lauren’s red, white and blue parkas had wearable heating components—printed in silver conductive ink in the shape of the American flag. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "Ralph Lauren Wants People to Feel Good About Their Country," 7 Nov. 2018 The blueprint illustrations are screen printed in white ink on a clear polyester film that can sit atop the photograph of the project, creating a multi-layered print that promotes the visions in a striking way. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Buckminster Fuller made fancy posters for his greatest inventions," 6 Sep. 2018 But thinking, writing, drawing, printing, distributing, and preparing (and repeating and repeating and repeating), hasn’t always preceded winning. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "What’s unique about Seahawks QB Russell Wilson’s preparation? It starts with his weekly print-outs.," 14 Nov. 2018 The Seattle giant has just printed a holiday toy catalog, and will be mailing it out to millions of customers starting in November. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Amazon’s 70-page catalog will be sent to millions of customers.," 7 Nov. 2018 Unlike standard photo books, this one is printed using two rarely used neon inks, in addition to CMYK colors. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Balenciaga’s New Book Is Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Before," 5 Nov. 2018 The prior three Star Wars films pretty much printed money for Disney, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming in first at the box office in 2015, Rogue One taking the number two slot in 2016, and 2017 putting Star Wars: The Last Jedi back on top. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Lucasfilm canceling its Boba Fett film could be good news for Star Wars’ future," 26 Oct. 2018 Powerful: @washingtonpost have printed a blank space where Jamal Khashoggi’s column should be, after his disappearance. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, ""It Shouldn’t Be a Crime In This World to Speak Your Mind"," 17 Oct. 2018 For the study, a research team printed 5 door keys from 14 separate 3D-printers. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researcher Discovers Way to Trace 3D-Printed Guns—With a Few Caveats," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of print


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for print


Middle English prente, from Anglo-French, from preint, prient, past participle of priendre to press, from Latin premere — more at press

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English Language Learners Definition of print

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (words, images, etc.) to appear on paper or cloth by using a machine (called a printer)

: to use a machine (called a printing press) to produce (books, newspapers, magazines, etc.)

: to include (something) in a book, newspaper, magazine, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of print (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or writing for books, magazines, newspapers, etc.


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Kids Definition of print

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mark made on the surface of something They left prints on the window.

2 : footprint

3 : printed matter “People believe almost anything they see in print.”— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

4 : printed letters The package has a warning in small print.

5 : a picture, copy, or design taken from an engraving or photographic negative

6 : cloth upon which a design is stamped a cotton print


printed; printing

Kids Definition of print (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to write in separate letters Print your name clearly.

2 : publish sense 1 Does the college print a newspaper?

3 : to make a copy of by pressing paper against an inked surface (as type or an engraving)

4 : to make a picture from a photographic negative

print out

: to produce a paper copy of from a computer

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