pub·​lish | \ ˈpə-blish How to pronounce publish (audio) \
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 How to pronounce publishable (audio) \ 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 results of a 2010 Brigham Young University study published in the Journal of Family Psychology show that having a sister can boost mental health and self-esteem. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Study Suggests That Having a Sister Could Actually Be Good for Your Mental Health," 12 July 2019 In the years following the storm, homeowners in areas affected by Sandy were foreclosed upon at twice the rate of those in similar neighborhoods elsewhere in the U.S., according to an Urban Institute study published in April. Sophie Kasakove, The New Republic, "New York’s Invisible Climate Migrants," 11 July 2019 Fortune, by the way, is proud to publish exactly who will appear at its Brainstorm Tech event in Aspen, Colo., next week. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Digging Into Trump’s Secretive Guest List for His ‘Social Media Summit’—Data Sheet," 11 July 2019 Razani has been involved with Park Rx since the beginning and published two studies that quantify how nature prescriptions can relieve stress and improve health outcomes. Cassidy Randall, Glamour, "Spend More Time Outside—Doctor’s Orders," 11 July 2019 In addition to her own ongoing question about whether to tie the knot with her committed cohabiting partner, Catron’s primary basis for handwringing is a 2016 study published in the Journal of Personal and Social Relationships. Alan J. Hawkins, National Review, "What You Lose When You Diss the Public Good of Marriage," 10 July 2019 Eater, the national website about all things food, published a list today of the 16 Best New Restaurants in America. Polly Campbell,, "You'll never guess which local restaurant made Eater's Top 16 Best New Restaurants list," 10 July 2019 In one study, published just after Mr. Trump entered the presidential race in 2015, a group of economists estimated that rising Chinese imports from 1999 to 2011 cost up to 2.4 million American jobs. New York Times, "Ross Perot’s Warning of a ‘Giant Sucking Sound’ on Nafta Echoes Today," 9 July 2019 Jay-Z: Made in America, set to publish this fall, coincides with its subject’s 50th birthday. David Canfield,, "Exclusive: Michael Eric Dyson to examine Jay-Z's cultural impact in new book," 9 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce publish (audio) \
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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