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From Middle English publicen (by analogy with 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.


  • enPR: pŭb'lĭsh, IPA(key): /ˈpʌblɪʃ/
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publish (third-person singular simple present publishes, present participle publishing, simple past and past participle published)

  1. (intransitive) To issue a medium (e.g. publication).
    • 2013 August 16, David Larousserie, “Super-lasers blaze knowledge frontier”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 10, page 35:
      In an article published in 2008 [Gérard] Mourou proposed an alternative means of achieving atomic fusion. He now believes that fibre lasers could be used to transmute elements, as a way of disposing of highly radioactive waste from nuclear power stations.
  2. (transitive) To issue something (usually printed work) for sale and distribution.
  3. (transitive) To announce to the public.
  4. (Internet, intransitive) To convert data of a Web page to HTML in a local directory and copy it to the Web site on a remote system.
  5. (Internet, transitive) To disseminate (a message) publicly via a newsgroup, forum, blog, etc.
  6. (intransitive) To write in a publication (usually as an academic).


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