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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To prepare and issue (printed material) for public distribution or sale.
  • transitive v. To bring to the public attention; announce. See Synonyms at announce.
  • intransitive v. To issue a publication.
  • intransitive v. To be the writer or author of published works or a work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. : To issue a medium (e.g. publication).
  • v. : To issue something (usually printed work) for sale and distribution.
  • v. : To announce to the public.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make public; to make known to mankind, or to people in general; to divulge, as a private transaction; to promulgate or proclaim, as a law or an edict.
  • transitive v. To make known by posting, or by reading in a church.
  • transitive v. To send forth, as a book, newspaper, musical piece, or other printed work, either for sale or for general distribution; to print, and issue from the press.
  • transitive v. To utter, or put into circulation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make public; make known to people in general; promulgate or proclaim, as a law or edict.
  • To exhibit, display, disclose, or reveal.
  • To utter, or put in circulation, as counterfeit paper; communicate to another person, as a libel or slander.
  • To cause to be printed and offered for sale; issue from the press; put in circulation: as, to publish a book, map, print, periodical, piece of music, or the like.
  • To introduce to public notice; offer or advertise to the public.
  • Synonyms Declare, Proclaim, etc. (see announce), disclose, divulge, reveal, spread abroad. See list under proclaim.
  • In systematic biol., to give technical publication to. See publication, 5.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put into print
  • v. prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
  • v. have (one's written work) issued for publication

Etymologies

Middle English publicen, publishen, to make known publicly, from alteration of Old French publier, from Latin pūblicāre; see publication.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English publicen (and publish to look like to banish, finish), from Old French publier, from Latin publicare ("to make public, show or tell to the people, make known, declare, also (and earlier) confiscate for public use"), from publicus ("pertaining to the people, public"); see public. (Wiktionary)

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