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

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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Katie Holmes is hanging onto Jamie Foxx, a source claimed to Us Weekly in a new report published Wednesday. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Katie Holmes 'smitten' with Jamie Foxx, 'won't let go' of relationship, report says," 12 July 2018 Private-equity investments in the health-care sector reached $42.6 billion in 2017, the highest level since 2007, according to a report published in April by consulting firm Bain & Co. Joice Alves, WSJ, "Cinven Purchase Values Envirotainer at Over €1 Billion," 12 July 2018 As LiveScience reports: There are very few whale species that visit the Mediterranean Sea, as outlined in a 2016 report published in the journalAdvances in Marine Biology, and none of those species are known to use the area as a calving ground. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Scientists admit Pliny the Elder was right about orcas and whales.," 11 July 2018 Animal history has in fact grown into a major subfield, with articles published in prestigious journals, classes taught at dozens of top universities, and a new Animal History Museum in development outside Los Angeles. Amy Crawford,, "Why is history always about humans?," 13 July 2018 Loss aversion can explain the gap, according to papers published in 2004 and 2009. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion," 13 July 2018 The moment — a few millionths of a second — triggered months of observation and analysis, all described in a pair of papers just published in the journal Science. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blazing a trail: UW professor's dream leads to breakthrough in identifying origin of cosmic rays," 12 July 2018 Tveidt's story published in the Daily News, then called Alaska Dispatch News, on May 17, 2016. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage newborn was found abandoned in a cardboard box 32 years ago. Against the odds, he found his biological father.," 12 July 2018 This echoes earlier findings from researchers at the University of Chicago published in a 2002 study in the American Economic Review journal. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World Cup shootouts: why the team that goes first usually wins," 11 July 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

Other Words from publish

publisher noun

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to reject or criticize sharply

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