print

1 of 3

noun

1
a
: a mark made by pressure : impression
b
: something impressed with a print or formed in a mold
2
a
: printed state or form
b
: the printing industry
3
b
prints plural : printed publications
4
: printed letters : type
5
a(1)
: a copy made by printing
(2)
: a reproduction of an original work of art (such as a painting) made by a photomechanical process
(3)
: an original work of art (such as a woodcut, etching, or lithograph) intended for graphic reproduction and produced by or under the supervision of the artist who designed it
b
: cloth with a pattern or figured design applied by printing
also : an article of such cloth
c
: a photographic or motion-picture copy
especially : one made from a negative

print

2 of 3

verb

printed; printing; prints

transitive verb

1
a
: to impress something in or on
b
: to stamp (something, such as a mark) in or on something
2
a
: to make a copy of by impressing paper against an inked printing surface
b(1)
: to impress (something, such as wallpaper) with a design or pattern
(2)
: to impress (a pattern or design) on something
c
: to publish in print
d
: print out
also : to display on a surface (such as a computer screen) for viewing
3
: to write in letters shaped like those of ordinary roman text type
4
: to make (a positive picture) on a sensitized photographic surface from a negative or a positive

intransitive verb

1
a
: to work as a printer
b
: to produce printed matter
2
: to produce something in printed form
3
: to write or hand-letter in imitation of unjoined printed characters

print

3 of 3

adjective

: of, relating to, or writing for printed publications
print journalists
Phrases
in print
: procurable from the publisher
out of print
: not procurable from the publisher

Example Sentences

Noun What is the print size of your book? an exhibit of 16th-century German prints Verb We printed 50 invitations before we ran out of ink. The new machine prints 30 pages per minute. Your tickets are being printed now. a slogan printed on a bumper sticker Your tickets are printing now. This printer allows you to print on both sides of a sheet of paper. They printed 10,000 copies of the book's new edition. I'm surprised they printed that cartoon in the paper. Her picture was printed in a magazine last month. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Moschino has taken up a cherry print, too, in a Pop Art ’70s combination of lime green and orange. Marian Bull, ELLE, 18 Nov. 2022 The third in line to the throne has worn longer bottoms in recent years and attended his first day of school in a short-sleeve white button-down shirt with a blue and green check print, navy Bermuda shorts, navy socks and black dress shoes. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2022 In March, an anonymous donor sold a print of CND Soldiers, one of the artist’s famous anti-war pieces, and donated the proceeds to a children’s hospital in Kyiv. Jacquelyne Germain, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Nov. 2022 This one comes in a fun jungle print and even has crinkly leaves for babies to play with. Good Housekeeping, 16 Nov. 2022 Her first suggestion is the best-selling Miso Platform Sandal in a funky linen floral print. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Nov. 2022 Heritage Auctions said the winning bid for the poster sold for $447,000 — breaking the previous record for a rock poster, which was $275,000 for a print from the Beatles' 1966 show at Shea Stadium. CBS News, 12 Nov. 2022 Perfect to flag up a forthcoming holiday to this most culturally resonant of St Barts resorts, these exclusive edition swim shorts (£300) have been custom designed by Orlebar Brown, with a photographic print of Eden Rock hotel. Sarah Turner, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 The image, which was created using captures from two telescopes, is also available on McCarthy’s website as a print. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 8 Nov. 2022
Verb
The paper, published by the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel, will print its last weekly edition on Nov. 30 in South Florida and Dec. 3 in Orlando. Ron Hurtibise, Sun Sentinel, 4 Nov. 2022 The paper, published by the Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel, will print its last weekly edition on Dec. 3 in Orlando and Nov. 30 in South Florida. Mark Skoneki, Orlando Sentinel, 4 Nov. 2022 The final leaderboard of the season will print on Sunday when the Epson Tour Championship, played at LPGA International’s Jones course in Daytona Beach, Florida wraps up. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 The seller will print your favorite photo or album cover on the plaque. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 1 Oct. 2022 The audience applauded Langenkamp’s return in the third film, cheered at some great Freddy quips (not fit to print here) and remained enthusiastic despite the major drop in quality during the fourth through sixth movies. Odie Henderson, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 The original clip, which now has almost 194,000 likes, was flooded with comments about the Boston accent—many of which are too spicy to print here. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 10 June 2022 The Fed will print up trillions of dollars to fight one recession but never manage to withdraw them before the next one begins. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 Those who also print color documents and photos will likely want to go with an inkjet. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 12 Oct. 2022
Adjective
That finding was reported in the pre-print study that had not been peer-reviewed by other scientists. Alice Park, Time, 27 Oct. 2022 Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer recently cited Al-Aly’s pre-print study as rationale for wearing masks in indoor public settings to avoid reinfection. Rong-gong Lin Ii And Luke Money, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 That's according to a pre-print study—which hasn't been peer-reviewed or formally published—authored by researchers at Moderna and Washington University School of Medicine. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 14 Sep. 2022 Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer recently cited Al-Aly’s pre-print study as rationale for wearing masks in indoor public settings to avoid reinfection. Rong-gong Lin Ii And Luke Money, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 Our new pre-print confirms face masks must be part of our plan! Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2022 Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer recently cited Al-Aly’s pre-print study as rationale for wearing masks in indoor public settings to avoid reinfection. Rong-gong Lin Ii And Luke Money, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer recently cited Al-Aly’s pre-print study as rationale for wearing masks in indoor public settings to avoid reinfection. Rong-gong Lin Ii And Luke Money, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer recently cited Al-Aly’s pre-print study as rationale for wearing masks in indoor public settings to avoid reinfection. Rong-gong Lin Ii And Luke Money, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English prente, from Anglo-French, from preint, prient, past participle of priendre to press, from Latin premere — more at press

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of print was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Print.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/print. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

print 1 of 2

noun

1
a
: a mark made by pressure
b
: something that has been stamped with an impression or formed in a mold
a print of butter
2
a
: printed state or form
put a manuscript into print
b
: printed matter
c
: printed letters
3
: a picture, copy, or design made by printing (as from an engraving or a photographic negative)
4
a
: cloth with a printed pattern
b
: an article of such cloth

print

2 of 2

verb

1
: to put or stamp something in or on
2
a
: to make a copy of by pressing paper against an inked surface (as type or an engraving)
b
: to stamp with a design by pressure
print wallpaper
c
: to publish in printed form
print a newspaper
d
: to write or cause to be written on a surface (as a computer display screen) for viewing
the computer will print the message at the top of the screen
e
3
: to write in separate letters like those made by a typewriter
4
: to make a picture from a photographic negative

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