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publish

[puhb-lish]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to issue (printed or otherwise reproduced textual or graphic material, computer software, etc.) for sale or distribution to the public.
  2. to issue publicly the work of: Random House publishes Faulkner.
  3. 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.
  4. to announce formally or officially; proclaim; promulgate.
  5. to make publicly or generally known.
  6. Law. to communicate (a defamatory statement) to some person or persons other than the person defamed.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to issue newspapers, books, computer software, etc.; engage in publishing: The new house will start to publish next month.
  2. to have one's work published: She has decided to publish with another house.
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Origin of publish

1300–50; Middle English publisshen < Anglo-French *publiss-, long stem of *publir, for Middle French publier < Latin pūblicāre to make public
Related formspub·lish·a·ble, adjectivemis·pub·lished, adjectivenon·pub·lish·a·ble, adjectiveun·pub·lish·a·ble, adjectiveun·pub·lished, adjectivewell-pub·lished, adjective

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4. See announce.

Antonyms for publish

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Related Words for publish

disclose, distribute, promulgate, broadcast, report, produce, print, announce, publicize, declare, circulate, proclaim, communicate, divulge, spotlight

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Contemporary Examples of publish

Historical Examples of publish

  • I'll get his photograph, and publish a newspaper portrait of him.

  • Mr. Jannissary said that he was not merely willing, but actually eager to publish it.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • What do you publish books for if you only want to please yourself?

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • We don't choose to publish our transactions, however unimportant, to all the town.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Sagnier can publish his famous list if it amuses him to do so.


British Dictionary definitions for publish

publish

verb
  1. to produce and issue (printed or electronic matter) for distribution and sale
  2. (intr) to have one's written work issued for publication
  3. (tr) to announce formally or in public
  4. (tr) to communicate (defamatory matter) to someone other than the person defamedto publish a libel
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Derived Formspublishable, adjectivepublishing, noun

Word Origin for publish

C14: from Old French puplier, from Latin pūblicāre to make public
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

Word Origin and History for 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."

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