Definition of publish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʌblɪʃ/


[with object]
1Prepare and issue (a book, journal, or piece of music) for public sale: we publish practical reference books [no object]: the pressures on researchers to publish
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  • Carol is also a hit in her own right and publishes music books for children.
  • Born in 1941, the son of a lorry driver, he trained as a graphic artist before turning to music and published some books of cartoons as drawings.
  • All three books were published by Heinemann and sales figures for all three reached 50,000.
issue, bring out, produce, print
1.1Print (something) in a book or journal so as to make it generally known: we pay £5 for every letter we publish
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  • As sequencing projects had grown larger and larger it had become quite impossible and pointless for journals to publish the sequences in print.
  • In print, we may publish several photos with the story.
  • After the networks agreed to these demands the White House made similar efforts to stop the print media from publishing transcripts of his remarks.
make known, make public, publicize, bring to public notice/attention, announce, report, declare, post, communicate, impart, broadcast, transmit, issue, put out, distribute, spread, promulgate, propagandize, disseminate, circulate, air, blazon, herald, proclaim;
disclose, reveal, divulge, leak
1.2Make (content) available online: a few hours after publishing the post I received a response from the founder of the company the photo has not been published on her Instagram account
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  • Their report was published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • She routinely publishes playlists on her blog and links to everything she's reading.
  • This plugin automatically publishes posts from your blog to multiple accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + profiles.
1.3 (usually as adjective published) Prepare and issue the works of (a particular writer): a published author
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  • Though professionally known as a writer, this woman published very little, and in fact wrote rather badly when she did.
  • Acker has explored the limits of experimental fiction more, perhaps, than any other writer published today.
  • Writers who make it - writers who get published - deal with rejection head on.
1.4Formally announce or read (an edict or marriage banns).
Example sentences
  • Print up invitations to a marriage, publish banns at a friendly church, have one or more brides or grooms and even eat wedding cake.
  • Its replacement is currently being drafted and is expected to be formally published by the Government before July.
  • Banns have to be published at church on three consecutive Sundays.
2 Law Communicate (a libel) to a third party.
Example sentences
  • And if the matter published is contained in a written or printed document the publisher is guilty of publishing a seditious libel.
  • A majority of the jurors were members of a political party that owned the company which had published the alleged libel.
  • A man in good faith may publish a libel believing it to be true, and it may be found by the jury that he acted in good faith believing it to be true and reasonably believing it to be true, but that in fact the statement was false.



Pronunciation: /ˈpʌblɪʃəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • The sad part about the manuscript is that the story would probably be incredible and highly publishable if it were ghostwritten.
  • Implementing course assignments that result in publishable manuscripts may be one way of motivating students to examine empirically supported and theory-driven treatments.
  • Scientific writers are teaching them how to turn their research into publishable manuscripts.


Middle English (in the sense 'make generally known'): from the stem of Old French puplier, from Latin publicare 'make public', from publicus (see public).

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