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publishing

[puhb-li-shing]
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noun
  1. the activities or business of a publisher, especially of books or periodicals: He plans to go into publishing after college.
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Origin of publishing

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

publish

[puhb-lish]
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

Synonyms

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4. disclose, reveal, declare.

Synonym study

4. See announce.

Antonyms

4. conceal.
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Examples from the Web for publishing

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  • 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

    Charles Thompson

  • It was not their fault that the conditions of the publishing trade were so difficult!

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "He didn't ask me to pay for publishing my book," John murmured.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Ere long he conceived the plan of publishing a newspaper of his own.

  • If he could, publishing would be less of a lottery than it is.


British Dictionary definitions for publishing

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

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 publishing

n.

mid-15c., "act of announcing or declaring," also "the issuing of copies of a book for public sale," verbal noun from publish (v.).

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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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