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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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Globe readers get 12 weeks of complete digital access, plus two issues of Milk Street print magazine, for just $1., "Recipes: Sweet brunch treats for Mother’s Day," 30 Apr. 2021 Save this to your phone or print off Courier Journal's guide to Kentucky Derby betting. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Print or save this 2021 Kentucky Derby betting guide before you go to Churchill Downs," 30 Apr. 2021 Besides maybe menswear stripes, print is a word that doesn’t apply to many things in a minimalist’s wardrobe. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Minimalist’s Guide to Maximizing Prints," 30 Apr. 2021 Door knocking has several key advantages over print fliers and social media posts. Alicia Diaz, STAT, "Door knocking works to get information to immigrant communities. Why aren’t more places using it for Covid-19?," 29 Apr. 2021 Bey paired the Jacquemus shorts with a python print blouse by TLZ L'Femme and snakeskin shoes by Francesco Russo. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé Makes a Very Compelling Case for Green Leather Micro Shorts," 29 Apr. 2021 The key is to not let the ink dry out inside the print heads. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Don’t let your printer get the best of you," 29 Apr. 2021 Facebook has intensified its campaign in the months that followed, moving from print ads to TV commercials that were practically begging users not to stop Facebook from tracking them across apps and services on iPhone and iPad. Chris Smith, BGR, "Facebook just confirmed how badly its iPhone privacy nightmare will hurt," 29 Apr. 2021 For headwear, Grace Eleyae Slaps collection makes the best turban and headbands in literally every print. Michella Oré, Glamour, "Gabrielle Union Restores Her Curls In 3 Minutes With This Conditioner," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The idea of, as the old saying goes, when the legend becomes fact, print the legend. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, "Netflix’s ‘The Sons of Sam’ Depicts the Dangers of Our True Crime Obsession," 30 Apr. 2021 Yes, the Federal Reserve will continue to print money and depress short-term interest rates. Ben Marks And Brett Angel, Star Tribune, "Investors shouldn't mistake the market for the economy," 17 Apr. 2021 The coronavirus pandemic forced governments to print new money via various stimulus packages meant to prop up the economy as the world weathers the health crisis. Chris Smith, BGR, "Visa is now testing transaction settlements using cryptocurrency," 29 Mar. 2021 If the government were to simply print money and give it out, that argument goes, prices and wages would increase, lowering the real value of the currency. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Rashida Tlaib wants everyone, including non-citizens, to get $2,000 a month starting now," 24 Mar. 2021 Oblivious to the inflation risk, the Federal Reserve seems eager to print the money to finance it all. Steve Forbes, Forbes, "Where Gold Prices Are Headed In 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 Cities are required to balance their budgets, yet are not empowered to print money. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: Cities, economic prosperity and quality of life may suffer from pandemic exodus," 6 Oct. 2020 The house took 48 hours to print, and features large windows, high ceilings, and modern, rounded corners. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Lab-grown meat sold in Singapore, and more," 12 Mar. 2021 The actual images remain in circulation, and any citizen or curator can print them out or project them (unless Beeple, who remains the copyright holder, objects). Jason Farago, New York Times, "Beeple Has Won. Here’s What We’ve Lost.," 12 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For each character, from Princess Leia to Walrus Man, there are original photo stills, airbrushed photoart, proof cards and Cromalins – those are color pre-print proofs used to check the design. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "These old ‘Star Wars’ toy packages made in Cincinnati are highly collectible, extremely rare," 23 Mar. 2021 The study was published in pre-print form on MedRXiv (via The Guardian). Chris Smith, BGR, "If you fall into this category, you might need 3 coronavirus vaccine shots," 2 Mar. 2021 Many of these, like the pre-print server (primarily for math and physics), are accessible to anyone. David Nield, Popular Science, "What to do when Google doesn’t have the answers you need," 1 Mar. 2021 The results of the pre-print article published in The Lancet medical journal have not been peer-reviewed. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area and beyond: Feb. 4-10, 2021," 18 Feb. 2021 It was published in a pre-print server but has not been reviewed or published in a medical journal. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "A new test might be better at detecting past coronavirus infection, study finds," 10 Nov. 2020 The pre-print paper, posted on Monday to the online server, adds to the body of research on immunity to the novel coronavirus. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Coronavirus immunity can last more than six months, study suggests," 18 Nov. 2020 Additionally, the study appeared this month on a pre-print server, meaning it has not been published by a scientific journal or gone through peer review. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Hint of COVID-19 immunity: 3 sailors with antibodies spared in outbreak at sea," 22 Aug. 2020 They findings will be published in The Astrophysical Journal and is currently available on the pre-print server Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "For the First Time Ever, Scientists Witnessed the Birth of a Supermassive Magnetar After Two Stars Collided," 13 Nov. 2020

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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 3)

: the process of making a book, magazine, newspaper, etc.
: the letters, numbers, or symbols used in printing something
: a photograph that is printed on paper



English Language Learners Definition of print (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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 3 of 3)

: 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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