1375–1425; late Middle English (gerund); see publish, -ing1 Unabridged


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

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unpublished, adjective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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World English Dictionary
publish (ˈpʌblɪʃ)
1.  to produce and issue (printed or electronic matter) for distribution and sale
2.  (intr) to have one's written work issued for publication
3.  (tr) to announce formally or in public
4.  (tr) to communicate (defamatory matter) to someone other than the person defamed: to publish a libel
[C14: from Old French puplier, from Latin pūblicāre to make public]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "to make public," from M.E. publicen (c.1300), altered (by influence of banish, finish, etc.) from O.Fr. publier, from L. publicare "make public," from publicus "public" (see public). The meaning "to issue (a book, engraving, etc.) for sale to the public" is first
recorded 1520s. Publisher in the commercial sense is attested from 1740.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
Graduate students in the humanities often imagine that a career in commercial
  book publishing would suit them well.
Art-history scholars face narrowing publishing venues and rising permissions
Publishing provides you with an important way to accomplish that.
Make sure you get someone who's succeeded in the publishing game to look at
  your prospectus before you contact presses.
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