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.
Recent Examples on the Web Scientific American is part of Springer Nature, which owns or has commercial relations with thousands of scientific publications (many of them can be found at Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, "This Fish Knows How to Stick Around," 17 Jan. 2020 And the growth of digital publications and blogs means that every market has become more fluent in the language of aesthetics. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 Wurtzel went on to earn a law degree, write five other books and contribute writing to a number of publications. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of "Prozac Nation," dies at 52," 7 Jan. 2020 Their daughter, Elizabeth Nelson, has written for conservative publications. Douglas Martin, New York Times, "Gertrude Himmelfarb, Conservative Historian of Ideas, Dies at 97," 31 Dec. 2019 Nor did McKinsey when it was provided with a copy of the email three weeks before publication. Ian Macdougall, ProPublica, "McKinsey Called Our Story About Its ICE Contract False. It’s Not.," 16 Dec. 2019 And also Washington Post, a lot of publications, and the State Department. NBC News, "Transcript: Grilling the Lawyers," 11 Dec. 2019 Nabokov and his father both published actively in the city’s émigré journals; in fact, Nabokov’s early pseudonym, Vladimir Sirin, was selected so that readers would not confuse him and his father, who often wrote for the same publications. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "Vladimir Nabokov’s Fighting Spirit," 10 Dec. 2019 These two updates also introduce new layouts for certain publications in Apple News+, adds a new interface for liking or disliking stories in News, and expands on the news options and coverage in the Stocks app. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.2, iOS, and iPadOS 13.3," 10 Dec. 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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The first known use of publication was in the 14th century

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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Publication.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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