Print is text, type, or writing — it's the words you write on paper or read in a book. If you print your name, you don’t write it in cursive. You write it so someone can actually read it.

When something's "in print," it's been published. Another kind of print, besides text (letters, numbers, and characters), is the impression left by a finger (a fingerprint), a foot, or even an animal's paw. The verb to print means to write in clear, block letters, or to publish a copy of a book, newspaper, or magazine. If something's "out of print," it's hard to find because no one is publishing new copies of it.

Definitions of print
  1. noun
    the text appearing in a book, newspaper, or other printed publication
    “I want to see it in print
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    fine print, small print
    material printed in small type
    type of:
    black and white, written communication, written language
    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
  2. noun
    availability in printed form
    “we've got to get that story into print
    “his book is no longer in print
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    type of:
    accessibility, availability, availableness, handiness
    the quality of being at hand when needed
  3. verb
    put into print
    “These news should not be printed
    synonyms: publish
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    publish again
    publish in a gazette
    type of:
    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
  4. verb
    reproduce by printing
    synonyms: impress
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    set down or print with letters
    set, typeset
    set in type
    take a trial impression of
    produce by offset printing
    overprint, print over
    print (additional text or colors) onto an already imprinted paper
    print with an implement with small toothed wheels that cuts small holes in a stencil
    print in boldface
    italicise, italicize
    print in italics
    print a new denomination on a stamp or a banknote
    type of:
    mark or trace on a surface
  5. verb
    write as if with print; not cursive
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    print incorrectly
    type of:
    mark or trace on a surface
  6. noun
    a picture or design printed from an engraving
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    contact print
    a print made by exposing a photosensitive surface to direct contact with a photographic negative
    a print made from an engraved copperplate
    a print made from an engraving
    gravure, heliogravure, photogravure
    an intaglio print produced by gravure
    a print that is made from a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum
    a print produced by lithography
    print produced by an engraving that has been scraped to represent light or shade
    overprint, surprint
    something added by overprinting
    serigraph, silk screen print, silkscreen
    a print made using a stencil process in which an image or design is superimposed on a very fine mesh screen and printing ink is squeegeed onto the printing surface through the area of the screen that is not covered by the stencil
    dry point
    a print produced by dry point engraving
    an impression made from an etched plate
    a print obtained from photoengraving
    line engraving, linecut
    a print obtained from a line drawing
    a lithograph produced by photographically produced plates
    steel engraving
    an impression taken from an engraved steel plate
    wood engraving, woodcut
    a print made from a woodcut
    type of:
    graphic art
    the arts of drawing or painting or printmaking
  7. noun
    a printed picture produced from a photographic negative
    synonyms: photographic print
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    a photograph from which the background has been cut away
    a trial photographic print from a negative
    a lifesize cardboard cutout (usually of a celebrity)
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    exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
    a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
  8. noun
    a copy of a movie on film (especially a particular version of it)
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    a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
  9. verb
    make into a print
    print the negative”
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    make by lithography
    print by silkscreen
    mark or print with a stencil
    engrave, etch
    carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block
    make an etching of
    reproduce by the Benday process
    engrave by means of dots and flicks
    etch in aquatint
    type of:
    make a copy or equivalent of
  10. noun
    a fabric with a dyed pattern pressed onto it (usually by engraved rollers)
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    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  11. noun
    a visible indication made on a surface
    “paw prints were everywhere”
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    a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations
    footmark, footprint, step
    a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface
    a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
    a mark on a coin that identifies the mint where it was produced
    a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush
    hoof mark, hoof-mark, hoofprint
    a visible impression on a surface made by the hoof of an animal
    a mark that is long relative to its width
    in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
    cross hair, cross wire
    either of two fine mutually perpendicular lines that cross in the focus plane of an optical instrument and are use for sighting or calibration
    the basic pattern of the human fingerprint
    fingerprint made by the thumb (especially by the pad of the thumb)
    footprint evidence
    evidence in the form of footprints
    a stroke normally made in a downward direction
    a stroke normally made in an upward direction
    a short stroke
    dotted line
    a line made up of dots or dashes; often used to indicate where you are supposed to sign a contract
    (printing) the part of tall lowercase letters that extends above the other lowercase letters
    bar line
    a vertical line before the accented beat marking the boundary between musical bars
    (printing) the part of lowercase letters that extends below the other lowercase letters
    curlicue, squiggle
    a short twisting line
    spectrum line
    an isolated component of a spectrum formed by radiation at a uniform frequency
    trend line
    a line on a graph indicating a statistical trend
    underline, underscore
    a line drawn underneath (especially under written matter)
    isometric, isometric line
    a line connecting isometric points
    a line (as on a vessel or ruler) that marks a measurement
    a light line that is used in lettering to help align the letters
    a very thin line
    a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
    serif, seriph
    a short line at the end of the main strokes of a character
    staff line
    any of the 5 horizontal marks comprising a staff
    ledger line, leger line
    a short line; a notation for extending the range above or below the staff
    balkline, baulk-line, string line
    line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game
    finish line, finishing line
    a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
    foul line
    lines through 1st and 3rd base indicating the boundaries of a baseball field
    foul line
    a line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross
    foul line
    a line from which basketball players take penalty shots
    the lines a baseball player must follow while running the bases
    goal line
    a line marking each end of the playing field or pitch; where the goals stand
    red line
    a line that is colored red and that bisects an ice hockey rink
    line of scrimmage, scrimmage line
    line parallel to the goal lines where football linesmen line up at the start of each play in American football
    baseline, service line
    the back line bounding each end of a tennis or handball court; when serving the server must not step over this line
    out of bounds, sideline
    a line that marks the side boundary of a playing field
    scratch, scratch line, start, starting line
    a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
    yard line
    in football; line parallel to the goal lines indicating position on the field
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    indicant, indication
    something that serves to indicate or suggest
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