in print

verb (used with object)

  1. to produce (a text, picture, etc.) by applying inked types, plates, blocks, or the like, to paper or other material either by direct pressure or indirectly by offsetting an image onto an intermediate roller.
  2. to reproduce (a design or pattern) by engraving on a plate or block.
  3. to form a design or pattern upon, as by stamping with an engraved plate or block: to print calico.
  4. to cause (a manuscript, text, etc.) to be published in print.
  5. to write in letters like those commonly used in print: Print your name on these forms.
  6. Computers. to produce (data) in legible alphanumeric or graphic form.
  7. to indent or mark by pressing something into or upon (something).
  8. to produce or fix (an indentation, mark, etc.), as by pressure.
  9. to impress on the mind, memory, etc.
  10. to fingerprint.
  11. to apply (a thing) with pressure so as to leave an indentation, mark, etc.: The horses printed their hoofs on the wet grass.
  12. Photography. to produce a positive picture from (a negative) by the transmission of light.

verb (used without object)

  1. to take impressions from type, an engraved plate, etc., as in a press.
  2. to produce by means of a reproduction process: to print in color; to print unevenly.
  3. to make an image by means of ink, chemical action, etc., as type, engraved plates, etc.: This type is too worn to print cleanly.
  4. to write in characters such as are used in print: He’d rather print than use longhand.
  5. to follow the vocation of a printer.


  1. the state of being printed.
  2. printed lettering, especially with reference to character, style, or size: This print is too large for footnotes.
  3. printed material.
  4. a printed publication, as a newspaper or magazine.
  5. newsprint.
  6. a picture, design, or the like, printed from an engraved or otherwise prepared block, plate, etc.
  7. an indentation, mark, etc., made by the pressure of one body or thing on another.
  8. something with which an impression is made; a stamp or die.
  9. a fingerprint.
  10. Textiles.
    1. a design or pattern on cloth made by dyeing, weaving, or printing with engraved rollers, blocks of wood, stencils, etc.
    2. a cloth so treated.
    3. an article of apparel made of this cloth.
  11. something that has been subjected to impression, as a pat of butter.
  12. Photography. a picture, especially a positive made from a negative.
  13. any reproduced image, as a blueprint.
  14. Movies, Television. a positive copy of a completed film or filmed program ready for showing; release print.


  1. of, for, or comprising newspapers and magazines: print media.

Verb Phrases

  1. print in, Photography. burn1(def 45).Also burn in.
  2. print out, Computers. to make a printout of.
  1. in print,
    1. in printed form; published.
    2. (of a book or the like) still available for purchase from the publisher.
  2. out of print, (of a book or the like) no longer available for purchase from the publisher.


  1. to reproduce (text, pictures, etc), esp in large numbers, by applying ink to paper or other material by one of various processes
  2. to produce or reproduce (a manuscript, a book, data, etc) in print, as for publication
  3. to write (letters, etc) in the style of printed matter
  4. to mark or indent (a surface) by pressing (something) onto it
  5. to produce a photographic print from (a negative)
  6. (tr) to implant or fix in the mind or memory
  7. (tr) to make (a mark or indentation) by applying pressure


  1. printed matter such as newsprint
  2. a printed publication such as a newspaper or book
  3. in print
    1. in printed or published form
    2. (of a book, etc) offered for sale by the publisher
  4. out of print no longer available from a publisher
  5. a design or picture printed from an engraved plate, wood block, or other medium
  6. printed text, esp with regard to the typeface usedsmall print
  7. a positive photographic image in colour or black and white produced, usually on paper, from a negative image on filmCompare slide (def. 13)
    1. a fabric with a printed design
    2. (as modifier)a print dress
    1. a mark or indentation made by pressing something onto a surface
    2. a stamp, die, etc, that makes such an impression
    3. the surface subjected to such an impression
  8. See fingerprint

c.1300, “impression, mark” (as by a stamp or seal), from Old French preinte “impression,” noun use of fem. past participle of preindre “to press, crush,” altered from prembre, from Latin premere “to press” (see press (v.1)). The Old French word also was borrowed into Middle Dutch (prente, Dutch prent) and other Germanic languages.

Meaning “printed lettering” is from 1620s; print-hand “print-like handwriting” is from 1658. Sense of “picture or design from a block or plate” is first attested 1660s. Meaning “piece of printed cloth” is from 1756. In Middle English, stigmata were called precious prentes of crist; to perceiven the print of sight was “to feel (someone’s) gaze.” Out of print “no longer to be had from the publisher” is from 1670s (to be in print is recorded from late 15c.). Print journalism attested from 1962.


mid-14c., prenten “to make an impression” (as with a seal, stamp, etc.), from print (n.). Meaning “to set a mark on any surface” (including by writing) is attested from late 14c. Meaning “to run off on a press” is recorded from 1510s (Caxton, 1474, used enprynte in this sense). In reference to textiles, 1580s. The photography sense is recorded from 1851 (the noun in this sense is from 1853). Meaning “to write in imitation of typography” is from 1801.

He always prints, I know, ‘cos he learnt writin’ from the large bills in the bookin’ offices. [Charles Dickens, “Pickwick Papers,” 1837]

The meaning “to record (someone’s) fingerprints” is from 1952. Related: Printed; printing.


In printed or published form, as in You can find this information in print. This usage dates from the late 1400s, almost from the time of the first printing press.


Offered for sale by a publisher, as in The library has a list of all the books in print. The antonym for this usage is out of print, describing material no longer offered for sale by a publisher, as in Most of his books are out of print. [Late 1800s]

In addition to the idiom beginning with print

  • print out

also see:

  • go out (of print)
  • in print
  • small print
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