- to issue (printed or otherwise reproduced textual or graphic material, computer software, etc.) for sale or distribution to the public.
- to issue publicly the work of: Random House publishes Faulkner.
- to submit (content) online, as to a message board or blog: I published a comment on her blog post with examples from my own life. They publish a new webcomic once a month.
- to announce formally or officially; proclaim; promulgate.
- to make publicly or generally known.
- Law. to communicate (a defamatory statement) to some person or persons other than the person defamed.
- to issue newspapers, books, computer software, etc.; engage in publishing: The new house will start to publish next month.
- to have one's work published: She has decided to publish with another house.
Origin of publish
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Examples from the Web for publish
You have to talk to your people before they hear from other people and you have to publish before other people publish.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?
December 14, 2014
What made you want to publish a memoir at this stage of your career?Portrait of the Austin Mahone as a Teen Idol
December 10, 2014
Brill went on to publish his piece in Time, where it won a National Magazine Award.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
Her nervousness about its content made her decide to publish it under a pseudonym, for reasons that would later become clear.Ted Hughes’s Brother on Losing Sylvia Plath
December 2, 2014
Ultimately they would go ahead along with the Washington Post and publish a host of revelations from the Snowden cache.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
I'll get his photograph, and publish a newspaper portrait of him.In the Midst of Alarms
Mr. Jannissary said that he was not merely willing, but actually eager to publish it.
What do you publish books for if you only want to please yourself?
We don't choose to publish our transactions, however unimportant, to all the town.Little Dorrit
Sagnier can publish his famous list if it amuses him to do so.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- to produce and issue (printed or electronic matter) for distribution and sale
- (intr) to have one's written work issued for publication
- (tr) to announce formally or in public
- (tr) to communicate (defamatory matter) to someone other than the person defamedto publish a libel
Word Origin and History for publish
mid-14c., "make publicly known, reveal, divulge, announce;" alteration of publicen (early 14c.) by influence of banish, finish, etc.; from extended stem of Old French publier "make public, spread abroad, communicate," from Latin publicare "make public," from publicus "public" (see public). Meaning "issue (a book, etc.) to the public" is from late 14c., also "to disgrace, put to shame; denounce publicly." Related: Published; publishing. In Middle English the verb also meant "to people, populate; to multiply, breed" (late 14c.), e.g. ben published of "be descended from."