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[puhb-li-shing] /ˈpʌb lɪ ʃɪŋ/
the activities or business of a publisher, especially of books or periodicals:
He plans to go into publishing after college.
Origin of publishing
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (gerund); see publish, -ing1


[puhb-lish] /ˈpʌb lɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to issue (printed or otherwise reproduced textual or graphic material, computer software, etc.) for sale or distribution to the public.
to issue publicly the work of:
Random House publishes Faulkner.
to announce formally or officially; proclaim; promulgate.
to make publicly or generally known.
Law. to communicate (a defamatory statement) to some person or persons other than the person defamed.
verb (used without object)
to issue newspapers, books, computer software, etc.; engage in publishing:
The new house will start to publish next month.
to have one's work published:
She has decided to publish with another house.
1300-50; Middle English publisshen < Anglo-French *publiss-, long stem of *publir, for Middle French publier < Latin pūblicāre to make public
Related forms
publishable, adjective
mispublished, adjective
nonpublishable, adjective
unpublishable, adjective
unpublished, adjective
well-published, adjective
3. disclose, reveal, declare. See announce.
3. conceal. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for publishing


to produce and issue (printed or electronic matter) for distribution and sale
(intransitive) to have one's written work issued for publication
(transitive) to announce formally or in public
(transitive) to communicate (defamatory matter) to someone other than the person defamed: to publish a libel
Derived Forms
publishable, adjective
publishing, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French puplier, from Latin pūblicāre to make public
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Word Origin and History for publishing

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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