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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.]

pub′lish·a·ble adj.


  • factoid - An unsubstantiated statement, account, or report published as if it were factual, coined by the novelist Norman Mailer from fact + -oid (as in android, humanoid), in reference to his fictionalized biography of Marilyn Monroe.
  • divulgate - If something is divulgate, it is published.
  • libel, slander - Libel—from Latin libellus, "little book"—must be published, while spoken defamatory remarks are slander; libel first meant "document, written statement."
  • backlist - Older books kept in print by a publisher.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.published - prepared and printed for distribution and sale; "the complete published works Dickens"
unpublished - not published; "unpublished letters and diaries"
2.published - formally made public; "published accounts"
publicised, publicized - made known; especially made widely known
References in classic literature ?
Why, Jo, your stories are works of Shakespeare compared to half the rubbish that is published every day.
It was never published, but I saw it once and it made an indelible impression on my mind.
He published his manifesto, whereby he set himself forth as the deliverer of the isles of the sea and vicar-general of all Oceanica.
It published a weekly in English, and one each in Bohemian and German; also there was a monthly published in Chicago, and a cooperative publishing house, that issued a million and a half of Socialist books and pamphlets every year.
Probably this is the only house in the town where verses are composed, which are afterward printed in a circular form, but not published.
A superstitious despair pos- sessed the heart of every monk and published itself in his ghastly face.
The village paper published biographical sketches of the boys.
His other autobiographical works are MY BONDAGE AND MY FREEDOM and LIFE AND TIMES OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, published in 1855 and 1881 respectively.
To pass from the Characters to the Story, it will be seen that the narrative related in these pages has been constructed on a plan which differs from the plan followed in my last novel, and in some other of my works published at an earlier date.
I wrote a little something, in secret, and sent it to a magazine, and it was published in the magazine.
He had published a tragedy entitled, "The Patriot Martyrs," with an etched frontispiece by Sir Charles, and an edition of it had been speedily disposed of in presentations to the friends of the artist and poet, and to the reviews and newspapers.
Whereupon the emperor his father published an edict, commanding all his subjects, upon great penalties, to break the smaller end of their eggs.