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 Here are some initial takeaways: Injuries At this point — with this being published right at the end of the game — there isn’t much that’s clear specifics-wise regarding Tua Tagovailoa’s injury. Matt Zenitz |, al, "Instant analysis: Takeaways from Alabama win over Mississippi State," 16 Nov. 2019 Mediterranean cultures prefer closer interactive distances, according to a study published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, than those in Northern Europe. New York Times, "Making the Most of Meeting a Friend of a Friend Abroad," 15 Nov. 2019 One 2018 paper, published in the journal Joule, found that Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 spend a whopping 70% more time at home than the general US population. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Why millennials never want to leave their apartment anymore," 15 Nov. 2019 AnyVision disputed the accuracy of the NBC News story published in October, but did not respond to subsequent questions seeking clarifications regarding its use of the technology. NBC News, "Microsoft hires Eric Holder to audit AnyVision over use of facial recognition on Palestinians," 15 Nov. 2019 Columbia University research professor Park Williams and other scientists, in a study published in July in the journal Earth’s Future, said wildfires in California increased fivefold since the early 1970s. Anne C. Mulkern, Scientific American, "Are Blackouts Here to Stay? A Look into the Future," 15 Nov. 2019 The study, published in the journal Vaccine, used Facebook's Ad Archive feature to hunt down the offenders. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The Source of Facebook’s Anti-Vaccine Ads," 15 Nov. 2019 Growing up, my favorite book was a children’s encyclopedia first published in 1953. Marcus Enoch, Quartz, "What public transport might look like in 2045," 14 Nov. 2019 However, some cases—about 30 percent, according to an article published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology—resolve via treatment of the underlying malignancy. Leah Groth,, "The Strange 'Velvety' Appearance of This Woman's Palms Was Actually a Sign of Lung Cancer," 14 Nov. 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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The first known use of publish was in the 14th century

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20 Nov 2019

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“Publish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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