[ puhb-li-shing ]
/ ˈpʌb lɪ ʃɪŋ /


the activities or business of a publisher, especially of books or periodicals: He plans to go into publishing after college.

Nearby words

  1. publicness,
  2. publish,
  3. publish or perish,
  4. publishable,
  5. publisher,
  6. publishing house,
  7. publishment,
  8. pubo-,
  9. pubococcygeus,
  10. puboprostatic

Origin of publishing

1375–1425; late Middle English (gerund); see publish, -ing1


[ puhb-lish ]
/ ˈpʌb lɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

1300–50; Middle English publisshen < Anglo-French *publiss-, long stem of *publir, for Middle French publier < Latin pūblicāre to make public

Related forms

Synonym study

4. See announce. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for publishing


/ (ˈpʌblɪʃ) /


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
Derived Formspublishable, adjectivepublishing, noun

Word Origin for publish

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

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Word Origin and History for publishing
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