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verb (used with object)
  1. to produce (a text, picture, etc.) by applying inked types, plates, blocks, or the like, to paper or other material either by direct pressure or indirectly by offsetting an image onto an intermediate roller.

  2. to reproduce (a design or pattern) by engraving on a plate or block.

  1. to form a design or pattern upon, as by stamping with an engraved plate or block: to print calico.

  2. to cause (a manuscript, text, etc.) to be published in print.

  3. to write in letters like those commonly used in print: Print your name on these forms.

  4. Computers. to produce (data) in legible alphanumeric or graphic form.

  5. to indent or mark by pressing something into or upon (something).

  6. to produce or fix (an indentation, mark, etc.), as by pressure.

  7. to impress on the mind, memory, etc.

  8. to apply (a thing) with pressure so as to leave an indentation, mark, etc.: The horses printed their hoofs on the wet grass.

  9. Photography. to produce a positive picture from (a negative) by the transmission of light.

verb (used without object)
  1. to take impressions from type, an engraved plate, etc., as in a press.

  2. to produce by means of a reproduction process: to print in color; to print unevenly.

  1. to make an image by means of ink, chemical action, etc., as type, engraved plates, etc.: This type is too worn to print cleanly.

  2. to write in characters such as are used in print: He'd rather print than use longhand.

  3. to follow the vocation of a printer.

  1. the state of being printed.

  2. printed lettering, especially with reference to character, style, or size: This print is too large for footnotes.

  1. printed material.

  2. a printed publication, as a newspaper or magazine.

  3. a picture, design, or the like, printed from an engraved or otherwise prepared block, plate, etc.

  4. an indentation, mark, etc., made by the pressure of one body or thing on another.

  5. something with which an impression is made; a stamp or die.

  6. a fingerprint.

  7. Textiles.

    • a design or pattern on cloth made by dyeing, weaving, or printing with engraved rollers, blocks of wood, stencils, etc.

    • a cloth so treated.

    • an article of apparel made of this cloth.

  8. something that has been subjected to impression, as a pat of butter.

  9. Photography. a picture, especially a positive made from a negative.

  10. any reproduced image, as a blueprint.

  11. Movies, Television. a positive copy of a completed film or filmed program ready for showing; release print.

  1. of, for, or comprising newspapers and magazines: print media.

Verb Phrases
  1. print in, Photography. burn1 (def. 47). : Also burn in .

  2. print out, Computers. to make a printout of.

Idioms about print

  1. in print,

    • in printed form; published.

    • (of a book or the like) still available for purchase from the publisher.

  2. out of print, (of a book or the like) no longer available for purchase from the publisher.

Origin of print

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English prent(e), print(e), prient(e) <Old French priente impression, print, noun use of feminine past participle of preindre to press1 <Latin premere; (v.) Middle English prenten, derivative of the noun

Other words from print

  • un·print·ed, adjective
  • well-printed, adjective

Words that may be confused with print

Other definitions for print. (2 of 2)


  1. printing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use print in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for print


/ (prɪnt) /

  1. to reproduce (text, pictures, etc), esp in large numbers, by applying ink to paper or other material by one of various processes

  2. to produce or reproduce (a manuscript, a book, data, etc) in print, as for publication

  1. to write (letters, etc) in the style of printed matter

  2. to mark or indent (a surface) by pressing (something) onto it

  3. to produce a photographic print from (a negative)

  4. (tr) to implant or fix in the mind or memory

  5. (tr) to make (a mark or indentation) by applying pressure

  1. printed matter such as newsprint

  2. a printed publication such as a newspaper or book

  1. in print

    • in printed or published form

    • (of a book, etc) offered for sale by the publisher

  2. out of print no longer available from a publisher

  3. a design or picture printed from an engraved plate, wood block, or other medium

  4. printed text, esp with regard to the typeface used: small print

  5. a positive photographic image in colour or black and white produced, usually on paper, from a negative image on film: Compare slide (def. 13)

    • a fabric with a printed design

    • (as modifier): a print dress

    • a mark or indentation made by pressing something onto a surface

    • a stamp, die, etc, that makes such an impression

    • the surface subjected to such an impression

Origin of print

C13 priente, from Old French: something printed, from preindre to make an impression, from Latin premere to press

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with print


In addition to the idiom beginning with print

  • print out

also see:

  • go out (of print)
  • in print
  • small print

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