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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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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12 May 2022

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“Publication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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