verb pub·lish \ ˈpə-blish \
Updated on: 14 Mar 2018

Definition of publish

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 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


play \ˈpə-bli-shə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of publish in a Sentence

  1. It's a small company that only publishes about four books a year.

  2. The university press publishes academic titles.

  3. The newspaper is published daily.

  4. There is a lot of pressure for professors to publish regularly.

  5. He has not published anything for a long time.

  6. The magazine published two of my stories.

Recent Examples of publish from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of publish

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

PUBLISH Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of publish for English Language Learners

  • : 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

PUBLISH Defined for Kids


verb pub·lish \ ˈpə-blish \

Definition of publish for Students

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



Law Dictionary


transitive verb pub·lish

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.
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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