pub·​lish·​ing | \ˈpə-bli-shiŋ \

Definition of publishing 

: the business or profession of the commercial production and issuance of literature, information, musical scores or sometimes recordings, or art newspaper publishing software publishing

Examples of publishing in a Sentence

He was hoping to get a job in publishing after college. Her sister works for a well-known publishing company.

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Some publishing executives privately express hope that Barnes & Noble will be sold, perhaps to Indigo. Tiffany Hsu, The Seattle Times, "Barnes & Noble struggles to survive; founder is confident of turnaround," 28 Aug. 2018 Being a midlist writer is the most tenuous position in publishing. Constance Grady, Vox, "Bigfoot erotica is climbing the rankings on Amazon," 4 Aug. 2018 And 78 percent of the people in publishing are women. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: Anatomy of a freak out," 19 July 2018 Among them were industry veterans and leaders who hold positions as music publishing executives, talent managers, and lawyers. Evelyn Wang, Glamour, "The Music Industry's Most Powerful Women Wrote a Letter Criticizing the Grammys," 5 Feb. 2018 Koma started writing music at the age of nine and scored a publishing deal at the tender age of 16, according to his bio on All Music. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Hilary Duff's Boyfriend, Matthew Koma?," 30 Oct. 2018 The song got her fired from her job as a publicity assistant at a publishing company, according to Rolling Stone. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Things You Didn't Know About "Crazy Rich Asians" Star, Awkwafina," 16 Aug. 2018 The publishing company, known as tronc Inc., owns the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and the New York Daily News, among other publications. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "Judge Pushes Settlement Talks in Tribune LBO Court Fight," 10 July 2018 The publications were sold to a British publishing company in 2009. Matt Schudel,, "James Denton, 66; journal editor and son of Vietnam POW led programs to advance democracy," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of publishing

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: the business of producing books, magazines, etc., to sell to the public

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