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: the act or process of publishing
: a published work
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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English publicacioun, from Middle French publication, from Latin publication-, publicatio, from publicare, from publicus public
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: 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.
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: the act or process of producing (a printed work) and selling it to the public
: a printed work (as a book or magazine) made for sale or distribution
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