\ ˈprint How to pronounce print (audio) \

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
2a : printed state or form
b : the printing industry
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

Synonyms for print

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of print in a Sentence

Noun What is the print size of your book? an exhibit of 16th-century German prints Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yuan Wei, an artist and poet in Hangzhou, responded to censorship of the Voices of April video by creating a piece of art, a hectograph print made by drawing on a gelatin pad, using the text of the video. Washington Post, 12 May 2022 The capsule features bold prints inspired by interior design, including a tangerine colored toile and an abstract blue and white print featuring vaguely discernable Baroque architectural details. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 12 May 2022 Hammel settled on a print that complements the wallpaper. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 The Republic will publish their work in its print editions and on The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2022 There were even fair isle sweaters paired with leopard print skirts (not your mother’s grunge). New York Times, 11 May 2022 My favorite look [from the shoot] was the pink African print. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 11 May 2022 As seen in this article, the labels have orange, white, and black print. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 May 2022 Nmfdz's design is similar, with bold Hs delicately placed all over the blanket in a block print format. Amina Khan, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The portrayal of the city is suddenly purely documentary, instantly registered on devices and social-media platforms, as though the tabloids on those older riders’ laps could suddenly print themselves. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2022 Due to limited connectivity, the NPS recommends travelers who do purchase a digital pass in advance download it onto a computer or mobile device or print it before getting to the park. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 4 Apr. 2022 People had previously copied books by hand, or, occasionally, used wooden blocks to print them. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Feb. 2022 Manufacturers can print the logo on just about any product. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Mr Printables Simply print the template onto some sturdy cardboard in his favorite color. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 In my view, central banks should not print money to finance a climate transition. Frank Van Gansbeke, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Sure, some of these tales are pretty tall — and why not print the legend? Darren Franich,, 29 Mar. 2022 The results are far too disgusting and profane to print—and left the YouTubers in complete stitches. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The new variant was first detected back in November in New York, according to two recent pre-print studies (meaning these studies have not completed the peer review process). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 2 Mar. 2021 Yaneer pointed to both anecdotal evidence of re-infection cases and a new pre-print medical study indicating that immunity from Omicron infections may not be as strong as immunity from other variants like Delta. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 10 Feb. 2022 Another pre-print study from South Africa found that saliva swabs may be better than nasal swabs at detecting Omicron as the variant. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2022 In a pre-print study, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that people who are infected with Omicron are 66% less likely to be hospitalized than those who contracted the Delta variant of the virus. Korin Miller,, 10 Jan. 2022 The new findings were described in a press release and submitted to pre-print journals. Sony Salzman, ABC News, 30 Dec. 2021 Tulio de Oliveira and colleagues at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa wrote in a pre-print report posted online. Maggie Fox, CNN, 29 June 2021 With pre-print research, scientists haven’t published their study in a journal but have made their research available online because the peer-review process takes time. Colleen De Bellefonds, SELF, 29 Oct. 2020 One pre-print study that was done in Japan last year found the virus was 19 times more likely to spread indoors than outdoors. Jen Christensen, CNN, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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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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