pub·​lish | \ˈpə-blish \
published; publishing; publishes

Definition of publish 

transitive verb

1a : to make generally known

b : to make public announcement of

2a : 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

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Other Words from publish

publishable \ˈpə-​bli-​shə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms for publish


get out, issue, print, put out

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Examples of publish in a Sentence

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.
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The original story, published 12/3/18, continues below. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and More Closed Saturday Ahead of Paris’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests," 7 Dec. 2018 The 2007 National Comorbidity Survey Replication published in Biological Psychiatry offers an estimate of how many people have BPD. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "13 Facts Everyone Should Know About Borderline Personality Disorder," 5 Dec. 2018 Facebook recently cancelled a deal with Mic to publish a news video series. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Mic has laid off the majority of its staff," 29 Nov. 2018 The Craftsman began publishing and selling house plans that embodied these characteristics, which made what Stickley considered to be superior home design available to the masses. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason Original Craftsman Style Homes Are Still Around After 100 Years," 21 Nov. 2018 But instead of shying away from some of the challenges this type of work poses, the students decided to publish the results of the survey as-is, and highlight its flaws. Tanay Warerkar, Curbed, "Yale School of Architecture exhibition questions gender disparity in the industry," 18 Oct. 2018 Research published in the Journal of Nutrition found that a zinc deficiency in rats led to impairments in DNA repair caused by free radicals, which can speed the aging process. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "5 Anti-Aging Supplements That May Actually Work," 16 Oct. 2018 Bishop Romuald Kaminski of the Warsaw-Praga district spoke as Poland's church leaders worked on a document to be published later this year to address the abuse of minors and suggest ways to prevent it. Fox News, "Polish bishop apologizes to victims of clergy sex abuse," 27 Sep. 2018 As VICE News noted, both allegations are conspiracy theories with no evidence to back them up; and Gosar’s statements led his siblings to publish an op-ed in the Daily Miner in response. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Arizona Republican Paul Gosar's Siblings Endorse His Opponent," 22 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of publish

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

History and Etymology for publish

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

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English Language Learners Definition of publish

: to prepare and produce (a book, magazine, etc.) for sale

: to have something you wrote included in a book, magazine, newspaper, etc.

: to include (an article, letter, photograph, etc.) in a magazine or newspaper


pub·​lish | \ˈpə-blish \
published; publishing

Kids Definition of publish

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

Other Words from publish

publisher noun


transitive verb

Legal Definition of publish 

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.

2a : 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

3a : 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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publisher noun

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