pub·li·ca·tion | \ˌpə-blə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of publication 

1 : the act or process of publishing

2 : a published work

Examples of publication in a Sentence

The company specializes in the publication of dictionaries. She has a very impressive list of publications.

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The Buzz: The amount of information contained within the pages of this annual publication is mind-boggling to say the least as Phil Steele and his staff tirelessly works to break down every facet of the college football game. Matt Murschel,, "A guide to top college football preview magazines," 13 July 2018 The sources said Atrach did not make a profit from the information or send it to publications. CBS News, "Woman charged with hacking Selena Gomez’s email," 13 July 2018 Its more than 2,400 members include freelance editors and university professors, and people who work in book publishing, online publications, nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations—anyplace where writing is in need of editing. John E. Mcintyre,, "We owe a debt to Hank Glamann," 13 July 2018 Goodman joined the publication in 2000, and Posnick has worked there for over 30 years. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Vogue Reportedly Losing Two Top Editors," 13 July 2018 Curator-in-residence Astria Suparak and writer and filmmaker Brett Kashmere are emceeing a special event to mark the release of a sports-themed issue of the artist-run publication Incite Journal of Experimental Media. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Bloomberg reported the Justice Department’s decision, citing publication Reorg Research. Stephen Singer,, "Report: Justice Department Will Not Challenge $69 Billion CVS-Aetna Deal," 12 July 2018 When Bryant left Hawaii, Dear Basketball was still almost two months from publication, but his retirement plan was in place. Lee Jenkins,, "Fantastic Voyage: Kobe Bryant Is Now an Entertainment Mogul with a Friendlier Mission," 12 July 2018 The national food publication Eater named midtown Sacramento's Localis one of California's 38 essential restaurants in a list published Wednesday. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "This midtown Sacramento restaurant is one of California’s best, Eater says," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of publication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for publication

Middle English publicacioun, from Middle French publication, from Latin publication-, publicatio, from publicare, from publicus public

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English Language Learners Definition of publication

: the act or process of producing a book, magazine, etc., and making it available to the public

: a book, magazine, etc., that has been printed and made available to the public

: the act of printing something (such as an article or photograph) in a magazine, newspaper, etc.


pub·li·ca·tion | \ˌpə-blə-ˈkā-shən \

Kids Definition of publication

1 : the act or process of producing (a printed work) and selling it to the public

2 : a printed work (as a book or magazine) made for sale or distribution



Legal Definition of publication 

1 : the act or process of publishing

2 : a published work

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