Definition of publication in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpəbləˈkāSH(ə)n/


1The preparation and issuing of a book, journal, piece of music, or other work for public sale: the publication of her first novel
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  • The work on editing the typescript in preparation for publication continues.
  • Present-day emblem scholars continue a tradition dating back to the initial publication of emblem books.
  • This piece is awaiting future publication as part of Students of the Free Market book project.
issuing, announcement, publishing, printing, notification, reporting, declaration, communication, proclamation, broadcasting, publicizing, advertising, distribution, spreading, dissemination, promulgation, issuance, appearance
1.1A book, journal, etc. issued for public sale: scientific publications
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  • He wrote prolifically with over 30 books and publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Sir Timothy is the author of many publications and contributes to numerous journals.
  • It will be nice if you get your degree with a few refereed journal publications already in hand.
book, volume, title, work, tome, opus;
newspaper, paper, magazine, periodical, newsletter, bulletin, journal, report;
organ, booklet, chapbook, brochure, catalog;
informal rag, mag, zine
1.2The action of making something generally known: the publication of April trade figures
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  • Future publication may not be possible because doing so might expose informers.
  • No, the foreign exchange markets moved substantially upon the publication of US trade data.
  • Upon the publication of this discovery, businessmen flocked to the village.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'public announcement or declaration'): via Old French from Latin publicatio(n-), from publicare 'make public' (see publish).

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Syllabification: pub·li·ca·tion

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