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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publishable \ ˈpə-​bli-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce publishable (audio) \ adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web To be sure, news organizations frequently publish content if there is advertising support for it, such as a special section on the Rose Festival, for example. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Amid crisis, Pac-12 signed agreement to fund news coverage from Los Angeles Times," 30 July 2020 The Star Tribune should publish informed, diverse perspectives on the issue. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Katherine Kersten, racial justice, social change," 27 July 2020 With sufficient resources, all DAs offices and the court system could regularly publish such information for prison, probation, and almost any other meaningful metric, not just by jurisdiction, but by courtroom. George Brauchler, The Denver Post, "Brauchler: There’s so much more we can do to improve our police and judicial system," 14 June 2020 Washington’s death has also prompted local protests and a petition calling for New York hospitals to publish data on pregnancy outcomes. Ally Mauch,, "Death of Pregnant Black Woman, Sha-Asia Washington, Highlights Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality," 10 July 2020 The president of the state’s chamber of commerce on Wednesday repeated his call for the Department of Health Services not to publish the names of businesses traced to two or more positive cases of COVID-19. USA TODAY, "Scary spikes, missed warnings, saliva tests: News from around our 50 states," 10 July 2020 Her statement, filed in Britain’s High Court, claims the newspaper has threatened to publish the names of the five women who spoke to People Magazine anonymously but are named in confidential court documents as part of her lawsuit. Washington Post, "Meghan tries to prevent ‘friends’ being named in suit," 9 July 2020 This move, hopefully, will take pressure off women in the race to win grant money and publish. Juliet Isselbacher, STAT, "Women researchers are publishing less since the pandemic hit. What can their employers do to help?," 9 July 2020 Unlike other recent presidents, Trump has refused to publish his tax returns and other financial papers that would provide a snapshot of his wealth. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court rules Manhattan district attorney can obtain Trump tax returns," 9 July 2020

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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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The first known use of publish was in the 14th century

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11 Aug 2020

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“Publish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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

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publisher noun

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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