v. pub·lished, pub·lish·ing, pub·lish·es
a. To prepare and issue (a book, music, or other material) for public distribution, especially for sale.
b. To prepare and issue a work or works by (an author).
2. To bring to the public attention; announce. See Synonyms at announce.
1. To issue a publication.
2. To be the writer of works that are published.
[Middle English publicen, publishen, to make known publicly, from alteration of Old French publier, from Latin pūblicāre; see PUBLICATION.]
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