Meaning of PRINT in English

I. print 1 S2 W3 /prɪnt/ BrE AmE verb

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ print , ↑ printer , ↑ printing ; adjective : printed, ↑ printable ≠ ↑ unprintable ; verb : ↑ print ]


a) [intransitive and transitive] to produce words, numbers, or pictures on paper, using a machine which puts ink onto the surface:

I need to make a few changes before I print the document.

The company’s name was printed in bold letters across the top of the page.

a printed letter

The printer’s switched on but it won’t print.

As a newspaper publisher he understood the power of the printed word (=words that are printed on paper) .

b) [intransitive] when a computer document prints, a printed copy of it is produced:

Press return, then the document should print.

2 . BOOKS/NEWSPAPERS [transitive] to produce many printed copies of a book, newspaper etc:

Over five million copies of the paper are printed every day.

When the book was first written no publisher would print it.

3 . IN A NEWSPAPER [transitive] to print a report of something or a letter, speech etc in a newspaper or magazine SYN publish :

‘The Express’ was the first paper to print the story.

‘The Telegraph’ has printed numerous articles on this subject over the last three years.

I wrote to the newspaper but my letter wasn’t printed.

4 . PHOTOGRAPH [transitive] to produce a photograph from a photographic film:

It usually takes a couple of hours for the pictures to be developed and printed.

5 . CLOTH [transitive] to decorate cloth with a pattern that is put all over its surface by a machine:

a skirt printed with brightly coloured flowers

a printed silk shirt

6 . WRITE [intransitive and transitive] to write words by hand without joining the letters:

Please print your name clearly in the top right-hand corner of the page.

7 . MAKE A MARK [transitive] to make a mark on a surface or in a soft substance by pressing something on to it

print something on/in something

The mark of the man’s shoe was printed in the mud.

⇨ a licence to print money at ↑ licence (6)

print something ↔ off/out phrasal verb

to produce a printed copy of a computer document:

Could you print a copy off for me?

I’ll print the file out and then we can look at it.

II. print 2 W3 BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ print , ↑ printer , ↑ printing ; adjective : printed, ↑ printable ≠ ↑ unprintable ; verb : ↑ print ]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: preinte , from preint , past participle of preindre 'to press' , from Latin premere ]

1 . BOOKS/NEWSPAPERS [uncountable] writing that has been printed, for example in books or newspapers:

There was no print at all on the backs of the tickets.

in print (=printed in a book, newspaper etc)

It must be really exciting to see your work in print.

the pleasure of seeing my name in print

Very little of his poetry actually got into print (=was printed) .

2 . be in print if a book is in print, new copies of it are still being printed:

After fifty years, the book is still in print.

3 . be out of print if a book is out of print, it is no longer being printed and you cannot buy new copies

4 . LETTERS [uncountable] the letters in which something is printed:

The book is also available in large print.

The print quality of the new printer is excellent.

5 . the small/fine print the details of a legal document, which are often printed in very small writing:

Always read the small print before signing anything.

6 . MARK [countable] a mark that is made on a surface by something that has been pressed onto it:

His feet left deep prints in the soft soil.

7 . prints [plural] the marks that are made by the pattern of lines on the ends of your fingers SYN fingerprints :

The police found a set of prints on the car door.

8 . CLOTH [uncountable and countable] cloth, especially cotton, on which a coloured pattern has been printed:

a lovely selection of floral prints

She was wearing a cotton print dress.

9 . PHOTOGRAPH [countable] a photograph that has been produced from a film:

Why don’t you order an extra set of prints?

a colour print

10 . PICTURE [countable]

a) a picture that is made by cutting lines onto a piece of metal or wood and then printing it onto paper

b) a copy of a painting that is produced by taking a photograph of it and printing it onto paper

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.