pub·​li·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpə-blə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce publication (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The bar would remain open through the sale, according to the publication. Katelyn Umholtz,, "Golden Lantern bar, the French Quarter's 'home of Southern Decadence,' is up for sale," 12 Jan. 2021 According to the Guardian, the Air Force approached one of the study’s authors in 1958, urging him to fast-track publication. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch What Would Happen If We Nuked the Moon," 17 Dec. 2020 Ars contacted the Florida Department of Health about the document prior to publication; officials did not immediately provide a response. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "COVID data manager investigated, raided for using publicly available password," 9 Dec. 2020 The manuscript, titled Mimi, never made it to publication. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "Why “Harriet the Spy” Had to Lie," 8 Dec. 2020 In the general population, only 3% of people with COVID-19 die, while 21% of people living in nursing homes die of the disease, according to a CDC publication. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "First responders? Long-term care patients? CDC committee meets to consider who's in group '1a' for COVID-19 vaccine.," 2 Dec. 2020 According to the publication, Ken Wharfe, Diana's former protection officer, detailed the princess's affair in his book Diana: Closely Guarded Secret. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Diana Had Publicly Addressed Her Affair with Major James Hewitt," 30 Nov. 2020 Among the more far-fetched claims was one by the late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's brother to a U.K. publication last year. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Car-Hacking Expert Says Autonomous Cars Would Be Terrible Drug Mules," 29 Nov. 2020 At the time, Watkins spoke to the publication about his love for baking. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Ben Watkins, "MasterChef Junior" contestant, has died at 14 years old," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of publication was in the 14th century

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17 Feb 2021

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“Publication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce publication (audio) \

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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