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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.



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).


  • (to disseminate publicly via a newsgroup, forum, blog, etc.): post

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