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1 : to make known to another or to the public generally NOTE: For purposes of defamation, a defamatory communication made to only one third party may be considered published.
2 a : to proclaim officially [ an enactment]
b : to declare (a will) to be a true and valid expression of one's last will
c : to reproduce (an opinion) in a reporter
3 a : to disseminate to the public or provide notice of to the public or to an individual (as through a mass medium) [ordered to the citation in the legal notices for three weeks] see also notice by publication at notice
b : to distribute or offer for distribution to the public copies of (a copyrightable work) by some transfer of ownership, rental, lease, or loan
4 : utter
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.