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English definition of “public”

public

adjective (PEOPLE)    /ˈpʌb.lɪk/
B2 relating to or involving people in general, rather than being limited to a particular group of people: Public opinion (= the opinions of most people) has turned against him. Is it really in the public interest (= useful to people) to publish this information? We need to increase public awareness of the disease. Peaceful demonstrations that do not cause a public nuisance (= do not harm other people) are a fundamental right in any truly democratic country. The government has had to bow to public pressure on the issue. The information only became public after his death. The results will not be made public (= told to everyone) until tomorrow. We will not go public with (= tell people in general) the results until tomorrow.Ordinary people
(Definition of public adjective (PEOPLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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