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English definition of “public”

public

noun [U, + sing/pl verb]     /ˈpʌb.lɪk/
the public B1 all ordinary people : The public has a right to know about this. The palace and its grounds are open to the public (= people can visit ) during the summer months . When will the product be available to the general public (= all ordinary people )? Members of the public were asked about their shopping habits .Ordinary people the group of people who are involved with you or your organization , especially in a business relationship : Newspapers publish these outrageous stories because they know what their public wants .Groups of people in public B2 in a place where people can see you: I'd never behave like that in public. → Compare in privateApparent and obviousVisible
(Definition of public noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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