publish (v.)

mid-14c., publishen, "make publicly known, reveal, divulge, announce;" an alteration (by influence of banish, finish, etc.) of publicen (early 14c.), which is from the extended stem of Old French publier "make public, spread abroad, communicate," from Latin publicare "make public," from publicus "public, pertaining to the people" (see public (adj.)).

The meaning "issue (a book, etc.) to the public, cause to be printed and offered for sale or distribution" is from late 14c., also "to disgrace, put to shame; denounce publicly." Related: Published; publishing. In Middle English the verb also meant "to people, populate; to multiply, breed" (late 14c.), for example ben published of "be descended from."

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Definitions of publish from WordNet

publish (v.)
put into print;
The newspaper published the news of the royal couple's divorce
Synonyms: print
publish (v.)
prepare and issue for public distribution or sale;
publish a magazine or newspaper
Synonyms: bring out / put out / issue / release
publish (v.)
have (one's work) issued for publication;
Mozart didn't publish all of his works
She published 25 books during her long career