publish

verb

pub·​lish ˈpə-blish How to pronounce publish (audio)
published; publishing; publishes

transitive verb

1
a
: to make generally known
b
: to make public announcement of
2
a
: to disseminate to the public
b
: to produce or release for distribution
specifically : print sense 2c
c
: to issue the work of (an author)

intransitive verb

1
: to put out an edition
2
: to have one's work accepted for publication
publishable adjective

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Example Sentences

It's a small company that only publishes about four books a year. The university press publishes academic titles. The newspaper is published daily. There is a lot of pressure for professors to publish regularly. He has not published anything for a long time. The magazine published two of my stories. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Now, building on that momentum, the author will publish a prequel, The First to Die at the End, on Oct. 4. Time, 27 Sep. 2022 On the same day, Variety will publish its inaugural Entertainment Gaming Leaders report, spotlighting the most impactful executives working at the intersection of gaming and entertainment. William Earl, Variety, 22 Sep. 2022 The association will publish a membership list ahead of the debate. Corrinne Hess, Journal Sentinel, 13 Sep. 2022 In the early ’80s, for example, the International Herald Tribune might publish one fashion photograph per day during the shows. Stephen Jones, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2022 According to the regulator, which is yet to publish its full decision, the fine relates to children being able to open business accounts on Instagram, which then published their phone number or email address on their profile. WIRED, 12 Sep. 2022 As a few ex-Mormons have pointed out, Sparks was not the first Mormon to publish a text ostensibly based on an original source that the rest of the world did not get to see. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 One of the best ways to improve your Google ranking is to publish relevant and keyword-rich content on your website. Jim Reynolds, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The commission is yet to publish its findings, according to HRW. Hannah Ritchie, CNN, 5 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, modification of Anglo-French publier, from Latin publicare, from publicus public

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of publish was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near publish

Cite this Entry

“Publish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/publish. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

publish

verb

pub·​lish ˈpə-blish How to pronounce publish (audio)
published; publishing
1
: to bring printed works (as books) before the public usually for sale
2
: to print (as in a magazine or newspaper)
The newspaper published her article on dogs.
3
: to make widely known

Legal Definition

publish

transitive verb

pub·​lish
1
: to make known to another or to the public generally

Note: For purposes of defamation, a defamatory communication made to only one third party may be considered published.

2
a
: to proclaim officially
publish an enactment
b
: to declare (a will) to be a true and valid expression of one's last will
c
: to reproduce (an opinion) in a reporter
3
a
: to disseminate to the public or provide notice of to the public or to an individual (as through a mass medium)
ordered to publish the citation in the legal notices for three weeks
see also notice by publication at notice
b
: to distribute or offer for distribution to the public copies of (a copyrightable work) by some transfer of ownership, rental, lease, or loan
4
: utter

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