public meaning

[ 'pʌblik ] Pronunciation:   "public" in a sentence
  • Adjective: public  públik
    1. Not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole
      "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures" 
    2. Affecting the people or community as a whole
      "the public welfare"
    Noun: public  públik
    1. People in general considered as a whole
      "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"
      - populace, world 
    2. A body of people sharing some common interest
      "the reading public"

    Derived forms: publics

    See also: common, exoteric, in the public eye, national, open, overt, publicity, publicly, semipublic, state-supported, unexclusive, unrestricted

    Type of: body, people

    Antonym: private

    Encyclopedia: Public Public, educational, and government access

  • [Business]
    adjective, noun


    1 [only before noun]

    connected with ordinary people in society in general:

    Levels of waste from the factory may be a danger to public health.

    Smoking in public places is already banned in some cities.

    2 [only before noun]

    provided, especially by the government, for the use of people in general:

    a public education system

    public transport

    a public car park/telephone


    3 [only before noun]

    connected with the government and the services it provides:

    The rail industry is no longer in public ownership.

    The government will put more public funds into the banking system.


    4 (Commerce ; Finance )

    sold or offered to people in general to buy:

    investments and public offerings



    known to people in general:

    Details of the report have not yet been made public.

    This latest scandal has not done the company's public image any good.


    intended to be seen or heard by people in general:

    a public apology/enquiry

    A public meeting will be held tomorrow evening.



    where there are a lot of people who can see and hear you:

    Can we talk somewhere a little less public?


    publicly // adverb:

    a publicly owned company

    This information is not publicly available.


    go public (Stock Exchange )

    (about a company) to start selling shares on the stock exchange


    noun [sing. with sing./pl. verb]


    1 the public

    ordinary people in society in general:

    The survey sample comprised 300 members of the public.

    The public has/have a right to know what is in the report.


    a group of people who share a particular interest or who are involved in the same activity:

    the music listening public

  • [Finance]
    The price of a new issue of securities at the time that the issue is offered to the public.

  • [Law]
    By the term the public, is meant the whole body politic, or all the citizens of the state; sometimes it signifies the inhabitants of a particular place; as, the New York public.

    A distinction has been made between the terms public and general, they are sometimes used as synonymous. The former term is applied strictly to that which concerns all the citizens and every member of the state; while the latter includes a lesser, though still a large portion of the community.

    When the public interests and its rights conflict with those of an individual, the latter must yield. if, for example, a road is required for public convenience, and in its course it passes on the ground occupied by a house, the latter must be torn down, however valuable it may be to the owner. In such a case both law and justice require that the owner shall be fully indemnified.

    This term is sometimes joined to other terms, to designate those things which have a relation to the public; as, a public officer, a public road, a public passage, a public house.


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  1. i should be ashamed to show my face in public.
  2. he made no compromise with the public taste.
  3. the program scored a real hit with the public.
  4. museums are closed to the public on mondays.
  5. he remained a mouse in public affairs.

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