publishing |ˈpəbliSHiNG|nounthe occupation, business, or activity of preparing and issuing books, journals, and other material for sale: she worked in publishing.publish |ˈpəbliSH|verb [ with obj. ]1 (of an author or company) prepare and issue (a book, journal, piece of music, or other work) for public sale: we publish practical reference books | [ no obj. ] : the pressures on researchers to publish.• print (something) in a book or journal so as to make it generally known: we pay $10 for every letter we publish.• (usu. as adj. published) prepare and issue the works of (a particular writer): a published author.• formally announce or read (an edict or marriage banns).2 Law communicate (a libel) to a third party.DERIVATIVESpublishable adjectiveORIGIN Middle English (in the sense ‘make generally known’): from the stem of Old French puplier, from Latin publicare ‘make public,’ from publicus (see public) .