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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USA Today has reported that in total, 50 people — including nine college coaches, 33 parents, ACT and SAT exam administrators, and others — have been charged as of publication time. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Among Dozens of Wealthy Parents Indicted in College Admissions Cheating Scheme," 12 Mar. 2019 Aon and Willis were the second- and third-biggest global insurance brokers by revenue in 2017, according to trade publication Business Insurance. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "Aon Discusses Purchase of Rival Willis Towers Watson," 5 Mar. 2019 The Queen put her royal legal team on the case to stop the publication (in the UK, at least) of pictures of private moments from Kate's Christmas holiday with her family. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth Helped Kate Middleton Stop Publication of Private Pictures Before She Married Prince William," 17 Feb. 2019 Emails to Targum were not returned at the time of Vulture's publication. Megan Stein, Country Living, "An 'NCIS: New Orleans' Executive Producer Was Fired From the Show," 3 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, the Women's March discloses financial records to several publications after being hit with accusations of mismanagement. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "A Timeline of the Women's March Controversy," 18 Jan. 2019 As of publication time, the fundraiser had already earned more than £6,000 in just a few days. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Anti-Period Poverty Organization Launches Legal Campaign to Get Free Menstrual Products in Schools," 10 Jan. 2019 In an new interview with Vogue, Lili revealed a time where a publication decided to use Cole Sprouse's name to help promote an article featuring her. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Lili Reinhart Is Over Being Referred To As Cole Sprouse’s Girlfriend," 25 Oct. 2018 The image was one of at least three blackface photos in the 1984 publication, which was reviewed by an Associated Press reporter. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "Yearbook staff disagree on whether racist photo was mix-up," 6 Feb. 2019

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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 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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