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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Fourth, publication will be voluntary, at least for now. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Fixing Capitalism, One Disclosure at a Time," 27 Nov. 2018 The child, according to the publication, may not use a last name at all. Rose Minutaglio, Marie Claire, "Will Meghan Markle's Real Name Be on the Birth Certificate of Her Baby? An Expert Weighs In," 18 Oct. 2018 The publication is thick with charts and graphs, metrics and statistics. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Why Bill Gates is worried," 15 Oct. 2018 Still to come is the publication of the results of a third-party investigation into why Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar was able to get away with molesting athletes for decades. New York Times, "As New Head of U.S.O.C., Sarah Hirshland ‘Has Much Work to Do’," 12 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter On the night before publication a long queue formed outside the publishers. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 Although the company strongly denies ever sharing such material before publication, [three] individuals say the sharing of material continued after Trump took office. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Under Trump, Americans are becoming more supportive of immigration," 22 June 2018 National Enquirer sent stories about Trump to Michael Cohen for sign off before publication, the Washington Post reports. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: More 2018 endorsements from Trump," 22 June 2018 But MSU Interim President John Engler and his top advisers have deep-sixed those plans before publication, according to multiple sources within the university's administration. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Engler directs MSU alumni magazine to focus on positives after Nassar," 20 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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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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