- the activities or business of a publisher, especially of books or periodicals: He plans to go into publishing after college.
Origin of publishing
- 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 publishing
I had graduated NYU just a few years earlier and begun a career in publishing, but the addiction got the best of me.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
The point of publishing all the scary stats is not to dissuade people from being professional musicians.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
I was told they had removed my blog and that I must apologize for publishing it.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
For an artist like myself, the most important part is the publishing, and owning my own copyright.Wyclef Jean Talks Lauryn Hill, the Yele Haiti Controversy, and Chris Christie
November 20, 2014
Online, the more sensational prepper sites are publishing Ebola guide after Ebola guide.Apocalypse Now: Preppers Are Gearing Up for Ebola
October 17, 2014
In publishing this book I hope to do good not only to my own race, but to all who may read it.Biography of a Slave
It was not their fault that the conditions of the publishing trade were so difficult!
"He didn't ask me to pay for publishing my book," John murmured.
Ere long he conceived the plan of publishing a newspaper of his own.Heroes of the Telegraph
If he could, publishing would be less of a lottery than it is.One Day's Courtship
- 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 publishing
mid-15c., "act of announcing or declaring," also "the issuing of copies of a book for public sale," verbal noun from publish (v.).
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."