Anyone can write something just for themselves. If you publish your writing, it's available to others. For a writer, to publish is about the best thing there is.

Like a lot of words, publish is used in a few ways. When a writer publishes six articles, six pieces of his or her writing have been accepted for publication in books or magazines. When a company publishes an article or book, it actually prints it up and sells it to the public. If you write a blog, you can also say that you publish your writing. Or, a teacher can publish a magazine of student writing just for her class.

Definitions of publish

v prepare and issue for public distribution or sale

publish a magazine or newspaper”
bring out, issue, put out, release
supervise the publication of
Type of:
air, bare, publicise, publicize
make public

v put into print

“The newspaper published the news of the royal couple's divorce”
publish again
publish in a gazette
Type of:
create, make, produce
create or manufacture a man-made product

v have (one's written work) issued for publication

“She published 25 books during her long career”
compose, indite, pen, write
produce a literary work
Type of:
create verbally
create with or from words

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