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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 This story was originally published in print editions of the Detroit Free Press on January 24, 2008. Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press, "City fought for years to keep text messages a secret," 30 May 2020 The rival Sydney Morning Herald, which is owned by the Australian firm Nine Entertainment Co., reported that the move to shut down more than 100 print editions and consolidate some operations could affect hundreds of jobs. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is cutting jobs and shutting down dozens of newspapers in Australia," 28 May 2020 There will also be daily dispatches in the print edition. ... Bruce Jenkins,, "NBA’s plan: best to forget the regular season," 22 May 2020 The campaign began with a two-page ad in Thursday’s print edition of the Wall Street Journal and includes a web page and information sessions for prospective clients. Nico Grant,, "Software Upstarts Hit Salesforce, Oracle on Tech and Sales Practices," 8 May 2020 The Herald-Times has a print circulation of about 15,000, with about a dozen reporters and editors. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "Newspaper’s Top Editor Is Now a ‘Homeless’ Blogger," 4 May 2020 Some regional newspapers, such as the Tampa Bay Times, have cut back to publishing a print edition just twice a week, on Sundays and Wednesdays. George Stanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "George Stanley: Journal Sentinel tucks Ideas Lab into Business, tightens newspapers until pandemic eases," 1 May 2020 If your mom has a favorite, consider framing one of their prints for her. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Mother's Day Gifts, Whether You're Shopping for a Spa Lover, Home Cook, or Hiker," 1 May 2020 The cornerstone of the project was a special print edition, released across the state, featuring essays highlighting the thoughts, concerns, aspirations and grievances from over 200 women. Lily Jackson |, al, "Alabama Media Group wins national awards for Reckon Women, medical bond reporting," 8 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And like the founders more than half a century earlier, Pulliam printed a statement of principles. John D'anna, azcentral, "The Arizona Republic at 130 years old: 'First, last and all the time a newspaper'," 19 May 2020 The unframed sketch is printed on matte 100% cotton paper and available in sizes starting at 8x10 inches. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Dress Up Your Walls with Our Favorite Black-and-White Art Under $40," 18 May 2020 As for what to keep or download or scan or print, err on the side of overabundance. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "In Financial Trouble? Track Everything Companies Tell You," 16 May 2020 Maisonette has brightly printed and patterned cotton face masks in small, medium and large sizes. oregonlive, "Finding a face mask to fit a child: Disney-theme masks go to daycare," 15 May 2020 To keep residents connected with their families and brighten their days during the pandemic, Big Frog is printing personalized shirts for seniors living at select Milwaukee-area facilities. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Mequon business is making personalized shirts for seniors to keep them connected to family during the pandemic," 11 May 2020 In an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump’s name will be printed on the paper checks. Houston Chronicle, "US relief checks begin arriving as economic damage piles up," 16 Apr. 2020 Siemens—Germany Siemens Additive Manufacturing Network is printing the requests of doctors, hospitals, and suppliers of medical equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortune, "How Global 500 companies are utilizing their resources and expertise during the coronavirus pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Black Enterprise is still printed periodically, but Earl Graves Jr. said that the company now focuses more on events, social media, and its website. Daniel E. Slotnik,, "Earl G. Graves Sr., a voice for black entrepreneurs, dies at 85," 10 Apr. 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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5 Jun 2020

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“Print.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce print (audio)

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.
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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