Definition of “print” - English Dictionary

“print” in British English

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printnoun

uk /prɪnt/ us /prɪnt/

print noun (TEXT)

C2 [ U ] letters, numbers, or symbols that have been produced on paper by a machine using ink:

The title is in bold print.
This novel is available in large print for readers with poor eyesight.
The book was rushed into print (= was produced and published) as quickly as possible.
The print quality (= the quality of the text produced) of the new laser printer is excellent.

[ U ] newspapers, books, and magazines:

The debate is still raging, both in print and online.
in/out of print

C2 If a book is in print, it is possible to buy a new copy of it, and if it is out of print, it is not now possible:

Is her work still in print?
Classic literature never goes out of print.

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print noun (PICTURE)

C1 [ C ] a photographic copy of a painting, or a picture made by pressing paper onto a special surface covered in ink, or a single photograph from a film:

a print of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers"
a signed Hockney print
I had some prints made of the party photos.

printverb

uk /prɪnt/ us /prɪnt/

print verb (TEXT)

A2 [ I or T ] to produce writing or images on paper or other material with a machine:

The leaflets will be printed on recycled paper.
I'm waiting for a document to print.

B2 [ T ] to include a piece of writing in a newspaper or magazine:

Some newspapers still refuse to print certain swear words.
They printed his letter in Tuesday's paper.

B2 [ T ] to produce a newspaper, magazine, or book in large quantities:

20,000 copies of the novel will be printed in hardback.

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print verb (WRITE)

[ I or T ] to write without joining the letters together:

Please print your name clearly below your signature.

print verb (PATTERN)

[ T ] to produce a pattern on material or paper:

The designs are printed onto the fabric by hand.

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(Definition of “print” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“print” in American English

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printverb [ T ]

us /prɪnt/

print verb [ T ] (MAKE TEXT)

to put letters or images on paper or another material using a machine, or to produce books, magazines, newspapers, etc., in this way:

The newspaper printed my letter to the editor.

To print is also to write without joining the letters together:

Please print your name clearly below your signature.

To print something out is to print text or images from a machine attached to a computer:

[ M ] Just print out the first two pages.

printnoun

us /prɪnt/

print noun (PICTURE)

[ C ] a single photograph made from film, or a photograph of a painting or other work of art:

We made extra prints of the baby to send out with the birth announcement.

[ C ] A print is also a picture made by pressing paper or other material against a special surface covered with ink:

woodcut prints

print noun (PATTERN)

[ C ] a pattern produced on a piece of cloth, or cloth having such a pattern:

a print dress

print noun (MARK)

[ C ] a mark left on a surface where something has been pressed on it:

The dog left prints all over the kitchen floor.

[ C ] A print is also a fingerprint.

print noun (TEXT)

[ U ] text or images that are produced on paper or other material by printing

in print

If something is in print, it is published and available to buy:

Is the book still in print?
out of print

If a book is out of print, it is no longer available from a publisher:

I’m afraid you can’t get that book – it’s out of print.

(Definition of “print” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“print” in Business English

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printverb

uk /prɪnt/ us COMMUNICATIONS

[ I or T ] to produce writing or images on paper or other material with a machine:

print sth on sth The leaflets will be printed on recycled paper.
I'm waiting for the document to print.
I had some business cards printed.
Words found in the glossary are printed in bold the first time they appear in the prospectus.

[ T ] to include a piece of writing in a newspaper or magazine:

No one was willing to print the story without identifying its source.
The article was printed in Tuesday's paper.

[ T ] to produce a newspaper, magazine, or book in large quantities:

20,000 copies of the novel will be printed in hardback.

[ I or T ] to write without joining the letters together:

Please print your name clearly below your signature.

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printnoun [ U ]

uk /prɪnt/ us

letters, numbers, words, or symbols that have been produced on paper by a machine using ink:

The report is being published both in print and online.

newspapers, books, and magazines:

Television, radio, and print are inundated with advertisements for Web sites.
in/out of print

if a book is in print, it is possible to buy a new copy of it, and if it is out of print, it is not now possible:

Is her work still in print?
That book has been out of print for years.

(Definition of “print” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)