publish

verb
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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Ship-tracking details published in 2018 U.N. reports show the Hua Fu repeatedly transported North Korean coal, a lucrative export for Pyongyang. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Fake Signals and Illegal Flags: How North Korea Uses Clandestine Shipping to Fund Regime," 28 Nov. 2018 Park has also had opinion pieces on immigration published in the New York Times and the Harvard Crimson, in addition to appearing on MSNBC to share his views on DACA legislation. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Rhodes Scholarship Awarded to DACA Recipient for the First Time Ever in 2018," 19 Nov. 2018 Originally published in Russia more than a decade ago, Marina and Sergey Dyachenko’s novel Vita Nostra earned considerable acclaim overseas, but while it was proclaimed the best fantasy novel of the 21st century, English readers were left out. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out in late November," 15 Nov. 2018 Especially since a review published in Pathobiology of Aging & Age-Related Diseases concluded that, while the current evidence on zinc's efficacy is limited, what is available looks promising. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "5 Anti-Aging Supplements That May Actually Work," 16 Oct. 2018 In an excerpt from Good and Mad published in New York Magazine, Traister cites not only my personal favorite angry American woman, Abigail Adams, but the many times American women’s anger has been the impetus for social movements. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "With Kavanaugh Confirmed, It’s Time to Burn It Down," 6 Oct. 2018 President Trump called Friday for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation into the identity of the anonymous author behind the explosive op-ed published earlier this week in The New York Times. Fox News, "Trump calls on Sessions to investigate anonymous NYT op-ed," 2 Oct. 2018 Nobody knows more about the history, lore, and current predicament of Madrid’s taverns than Carlos Osorio, the author of the most exhaustive book on the topic, Tabernas y tapas en Madrid, first published in 2004 and now in its fifth edition. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tapas Crawling With Madrid’s 'Taberna King'," 26 Sep. 2018 Another meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Medicine in 2013 evaluated ketogenic diets versus low-fat diets for long-term weight loss. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Most Common Arguments for the Keto Diet, Debunked," 28 Aug. 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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publish

verb

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

publish

verb
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

publish

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.

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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