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.

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My colleague Derek Zhang, who edits our Chinese language sister publication Fortune China, points out that China’s fintech industry itself is in the throes of a dramatic shift. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Cash Is Quickly Disappearing From China's Economy—Data Sheet," 5 June 2019 Roush's career as a business journalist and academic spans more than 30 years across traditional newspapers, online publications, professional journalism organizations and journalism schools. Zach Murdock,, "Chris Roush, a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina, to lead Quinnipiac University School of Communications," 4 June 2019 Since its publication, Ram Dass has sold over two million copies of the countercultural bible, and judging by Lil Uzi Vert’s latest T-shirt, the rapper may be of those devotees who has read the book. Vogue, "Is Lil Uzi Vert a Ram Dass Devotee?," 29 May 2019 It was read at countless memorial services, used in efforts to recruit soldiers and reprinted in countless publications, including Ladies Home Journal. Elissa Sanci, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Symbolism Behind Memorial Day Poppies," 9 May 2019 According to both publications, the 22-year-old filed for the trademark with the intention of marketing her own cosmetics line. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Hailey Bieber Just Filed for "Bieber Beauty” Trademark," 15 Apr. 2019 The publication of Attorney General William Barr’s letter summarizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s report lifted an enormous political weight off President Trump and his team. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Move On From Robert Mueller, Mr. President," 27 Mar. 2019 Three sources tell the Washington Post that during the presidential campaign and after Trump was elected, National Enquirer executives would send Cohen digital copies of articles related to Trump for his approval prior to publication. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "National Enquirer Allegedly Ran Stories by Trump Camp Before Publishing," 22 June 2018 The chickenpox discovery was disclosed in a letter by the warden to prison staff Monday, according to the publication LAist, which first reported the news. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "ICE detainee in Southern California prison has chickenpox," 21 June 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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The first known use of publication was in the 14th century

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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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