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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El Universal, a big newspaper, had reportedly declined to publish the story. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 The Falwell case ended with a landmark decision supporting the right to publish parodies of public figures. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 Per Jenkins, Kobe is working on young-adult books to publish in 2019-20, and some of those may be turned into movies and perhaps even a musical. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Kobe on his newest projects: ‘If Harry Potter and the Olympics had a baby’," 12 July 2018 Her husband, known under the pen name Willy, recruits Colette to ghostwrite a novel to be published under his name. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Colette' Trailer: Keira Knightley Fights for Literary Ownership in Feminist Period Drama," 11 July 2018 In those days, Billingsley was merely a rabid college football fan in Houston whose rankings were good enough to be published in a neighborhood newspaper. Joan Niesen,, "The Computer Poll Uprising: Creators of the BCS's Most Controversial Component Look Back," 11 July 2018 May has yet to publish her blueprint in full, but some details have leaked since they were circulated to ministers at Friday’s 12-hour Cabinet meeting at the prime minister's Chequers country residence. NBC News, "Brexit chaos: What happens next for British PM Theresa May?," 10 July 2018 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

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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