1. The act or process of publishing matter in print or electronic form.
2. An issue of printed or electronic matter, such as a book or magazine, offered for distribution or sale.
3. Communication of information to the public: the publication of the latest unemployment figures.
[Middle English publicacioun, act of making public, from Old French publicacion, from Latin pūblicātiō, pūblicātiōn-, from pūblicātus, past participle of pūblicāre, to make public, from pūblicus, public; see PUBLIC.]
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