the public › ordinary people in general: The role of watchdogs is to protect the public. Air traffic controllers, baggage handlers, and members of the public were called to give evidence after a major security lapse at one of Europe's busiest airports. → See also the general public
the viewing/voting/investing, etc. public › all the people who are involved in or affected by a particular activity: A recent TV documentary about mutual fund investments raised the awareness of the investing public about fund fees.