pub·​lished | \ ˈpə-blisht How to pronounce published (audio) \

Definition of published

1 : produced or released for distribution in a book, magazine, newspaper, etc. citing a variety of published sources The ghostwriter will write the article … and send it along to the physician, who may make some changes or simply sign it as written and submit it to a journal, usually scrubbed of any mention of the ghostwriter . … David says he rarely even sees the published articles he writes.— Carl Elliott
2 : having one's work published a published poet/novelist … a couple of published authors promised to introduce her to their agents.— Hal Lancaster In his three decades as a published writer, Andre Dubus produced a baker's dozen of books, mainly collections of short stories.— John B. Breslin

First Known Use of published

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of published was in 1796

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a strong desire or propensity

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