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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To prepare and issue (a book, music, or other material) for public distribution, especially for sale.
  • intransitive verb To prepare and issue a work or works by (an author).
  • intransitive verb To bring to the public attention; announce. synonym: announce.
  • intransitive verb To issue a publication.
  • intransitive verb To be the writer of works that are published.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make public; make known to people in general; promulgate or proclaim, as a law or edict.
  • To exhibit, display, disclose, or reveal.
  • To utter, or put in circulation, as counterfeit paper; communicate to another person, as a libel or slander.
  • To cause to be printed and offered for sale; issue from the press; put in circulation: as, to publish a book, map, print, periodical, piece of music, or the like.
  • To introduce to public notice; offer or advertise to the public.
  • Synonyms Declare, Proclaim, etc. (see announce), disclose, divulge, reveal, spread abroad. See list under proclaim.
  • In systematic biol., to give technical publication to. See publication, 5.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make public; to make known to mankind, or to people in general; to divulge, as a private transaction; to promulgate or proclaim, as a law or an edict.
  • transitive verb To make known by posting, or by reading in a church.
  • transitive verb To send forth, as a book, newspaper, musical piece, or other printed work, either for sale or for general distribution; to print, and issue from the press.
  • transitive verb U.S. To utter, or put into circulation.
  • transitive verb (Law) to acknowledge it before the witnesses as the testator's last will and testament.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive : To issue a medium (e.g. publication).
  • verb transitive : To issue something (usually printed work) for sale and distribution.
  • verb transitive : To announce to the public.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb put into print
  • verb prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
  • verb have (one's written work) issued for publication

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English publicen, publishen, to make known publicly, from alteration of Old French publier, from Latin pūblicāre; see publication.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English publicen (and publish to look like to 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.

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