a) [intransitive and transitive]TCN
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).
when a computer document prints, a printed copy of it is produced:
Press return, then the document should print.
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.
to print a report of something or a letter, speech etc in a newspaper or magazine [= publish]:
in a newspaper[transitive]TCN
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.
to produce a photograph from a photographic film:
It usually takes a couple of hours for the pictures to be developed and printed.
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
to write words by hand without joining the letters:
write[intransitive and transitive]
Please print your name clearly in the top right hand corner of the page.
to make a mark on a surface or in a soft substance by pressing something on to it
make a mark[transitive]
print something on/in something
The mark of the man's shoe was printed in the mud.
➔ a licence to print moneyat licence (6)
print something ↔ off/outphrasal 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.