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public

noun
 
 
/ˈpʌblɪk/
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.
Translations of “public”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指存在商業關係的)大眾…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指存在商业关系的)大众…
(Definition of public noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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