Definition of publish in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Kent State University Press will soon publish a book of his Cleveland landscapes.’
    • ‘Whatever it was, he took the secret to his grave, although before his death, he published five books.’
    • ‘Considering the Journal is published bi-monthly, these figures are going to be hard to improve.’
    • ‘It was, as Freedom of Information documents revealed, solely because he dared to publish this book.’
    • ‘Caissa Editions also publishes books about older tournaments.’
    • ‘This soft cover book was published at the end of last year and it is another in the suspenseful thriller genre for which Leather is so well known.’
    • ‘A facsimile edition of the Black Book was published by the Imperial War Museum in London in 1989.’
    • ‘Monica may have lost out by not having Judith publish her book.’
    • ‘Why would we need to publish trash books from other countries when we have so many of our own?’
    • ‘Carol is also a hit in her own right and publishes music books for children.’
    • ‘All three books were published by Heinemann and sales figures for all three reached 50,000.’
    • ‘Putnam will publish the book in hardcover in fall 2005, with a paperback edition to be published by Berkley in 2006.’
    • ‘There are obvious marketing perks to publishing a book by a celebrity.’
    • ‘And books are being published and reaching sales figures that would make any publisher proud.’
    • ‘Trunk is about to publish a book of library music album covers.’
    • ‘Last autumn, the five women published a book on the restaurants they introduced on the Internet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The author has published six books, five collections of poetry and a volume of essays.’
    • ‘I suspect all five could have been published as one book.’
    • ‘The Almanac is published twice a year in two separate versions, Russian and English.’
    issue, bring out, produce, print
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    1. 1.1Print (something) in a book or journal so as to make it generally known.
      ‘we pay £5 for every letter we publish’
      • ‘I discovered that some reasonably well-known names are using Lulu to print and publish collections of their photographs, either in black and white or full colour.’
      • ‘The journals would also publish letters and articles sent in by readers, thus keeping the public actively involved in their content.’
      • ‘Their work was recently published in Applied Physics Letter and featured in several science journals.’
      • ‘In print, we may publish several photos with the story.’
      • ‘Even the Wall Street Journal published an editorial to remind him that he does not represent the country.’
      • ‘Citizens were not amused, letters of protest were published on bulletin boards.’
      • ‘Some will use print to publish well-researched news stories that threaten the powerful, some will write pamphlets, others lies and libels.’
      • ‘Virtually every philosophy journal has published a review of the book, and several have included detailed critical studies of aspects of it.’
      • ‘Alves says he hopes to publish a journal article this fall detailing the 2004 findings.’
      • ‘The Overland Monthly journal published many letters of Charlotte Haven in December of 1890.’
      • ‘In other news, Art In Motion has signed a new agreement to publish open-edition prints from the Sloan McGill Collection.’
      • ‘The Journal also publishes case commentaries, clinical exemplars, and innovative strategies, which send succinct messages about patient care.’
      • ‘The Register has shamed itself by printing this and should publish an immediate retraction.’
      • ‘This column was originally published in the Rapid City Journal, and is reprinted here with permission.’
      • ‘A fiery AIGA conference presentation by the pair of them was published in Print.’
      • ‘He said prizes were being awarded for e-mails sent and e-mails published by newspapers as letters to the editor.’
      • ‘The journals publishing the revised statement have waived copyright protection, making CONSORT easily available to all readers and trialists.’
      • ‘After the networks agreed to these demands the White House made similar efforts to stop the print media from publishing transcripts of his remarks.’
      • ‘As sequencing projects had grown larger and larger it had become quite impossible and pointless for journals to publish the sequences in print.’
      • ‘When a print newspaper or magazine publishes a story, there is no way to change what has been displayed.’
      make known, make public, publicize, bring to public attention, bring to public notice, announce, report, declare, post, communicate, impart, broadcast, transmit, issue, put out, distribute, spread, promulgate, propagandize, disseminate, circulate, air, blazon, herald, proclaim
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    2. 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’
      • ‘This plugin automatically publishes posts from your blog to multiple accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + profiles.’
      • ‘The letter appears to have been leaked and published on a blog without Mr Stevenson's knowledge or consent.’
      • ‘She routinely publishes playlists on her blog and links to everything she's reading.’
      • ‘Hundreds of fans of the boyband commented on the images, published widely on U.S. websites, with many expressing anxiety.’
      • ‘Three weeks ago, Gawker published an email sent to them anonymously.’
      • ‘The website reserves the right to publish or reject any message.’
      • ‘He has published the photos on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.’
      • ‘The video was originally published on Cherwell's website in May.’
      • ‘I actually published the post on 26 June to allow it to have time to be indexed by Google.’
      • ‘Their report was published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.’
      • ‘The video went viral after being published on YouTube.’
    3. 1.3Prepare and issue the works of (a particular writer)
      ‘a published author’
      • ‘Writers who make it - writers who get published - deal with rejection head on.’
      • ‘We have on staff published writers, editors and publishers.’
      • ‘Did he improve the opportunities for Hispanic writers to get published?’
      • ‘Acker has explored the limits of experimental fiction more, perhaps, than any other writer published today.’
      • ‘Though professionally known as a writer, this woman published very little, and in fact wrote rather badly when she did.’
    4. 1.4Formally announce or read (an edict or marriage banns).
      • ‘Banns have to be published at church on three consecutive Sundays.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In May the Government announced plans to publish a draft Bill on corporate manslaughter with the timetable for legislation, plus further details, to be announced this autumn.’
  • 2Law
    Communicate (a libel) to a third party.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a fundamental aspect of defamation law - certainly in England and Australia but not in Scotland - that you have to publish to a third party.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The day after Wilde received the card, he requested a warrant for the marquess's arrest on the charge of publishing a libel against him.’


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