[ puhb-li-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌpʌb lɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


the act of publishing a book, periodical, map, piece of music, engraving, or the like.
the act of bringing before the public; announcement.
the state or fact of being published.
something that is published, especially a periodical.

Origin of publication

1350–1400; Middle English publicacioun < Latin pūblicātiōn- (stem of pūblicātiō) a making public, confiscation, equivalent to pūblicāt(us) (past participle of pūblicāre to make public) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM publication

non·pub·li·ca·tion, nounpro·pub·li·ca·tion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for publication

/ (ˌpʌblɪˈkeɪʃən) /


the act or process of publishing a printed work
any printed work offered for sale or distribution
the act or an instance of making information public
the act of disseminating defamatory matter, esp by communicating it to a third personSee libel, slander
Archaic word: publishment

Word Origin for publication

C14: via Old French from Latin pūblicātiō confiscation of an individual's property, from pūblicāre to seize and assign to public use
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