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Meaning of “public” in the English Dictionary

"public" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈpʌb.lɪk/
  • public adjective (PEOPLE)

B2 relating to or ​involvingpeople in ​general, ​rather than being ​limited to a ​particulargroup of ​people: Public ​opinion (= the ​opinions of most ​people) has ​turned against him. Is it really in the publicinterest (= ​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 ​fundamentalright in any ​trulydemocraticcountry. 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.

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  • public adjective (GOVERNMENT)

B1 provided by the ​government from ​taxes to be ​available to everyone: public ​funds/​services/​spending public ​buildings a public ​library He is ​unlikely to hold publicoffice (= have an ​importantjob in ​national or ​localgovernment).

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publicnoun [U, + sing/pl verb]

uk   us   /ˈpʌb.lɪk/
the public

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B1 all ​ordinarypeople: The public has a ​right to ​know about this. The ​palace and ​itsgrounds are open to the public (= ​people can ​visit) during the ​summermonths. When will the ​product be ​available to the general public (= all ​ordinarypeople)? Members of the public were ​asked about ​theirshoppinghabits.
the ​group of ​people who are ​involved with you or ​yourorganization, ​especially in a ​businessrelationship: Newspapers ​publish these ​outrageousstories because they ​know what ​their public ​ public B2 in a ​place where ​people can ​see you: I'd never ​behave like that in public.
(Definition of public from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"public" in American English

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 us   /ˈpʌb·lɪk/
  • public adjective (INVOLVING PEOPLE)

[not gradable] relating to or ​involvingpeople in ​general, ​rather than being ​limited to a ​particulargroup of ​people: public ​opinion They’re ​trying to ​raise public ​awareness of the ​benefits of early-childhood ​education. His ​ideas have very little public ​support. The ​results won’t be made public (= told to ​people in ​general).
  • public adjective (OPEN)

allowing anyone to ​see or ​hear what is ​happening: a public ​performance a public ​display of ​temperin public Something done in public is done where anyone can ​see or ​hear it: He was ​afraid to be ​seen in public for some ​time after the ​incident.
  • public adjective (BY THE GOVERNMENT)

[not gradable] involving or ​provided by the ​government, usually for the use of anyone: public ​transportation a public ​park public ​housing [not gradable] Public also ​meanssupported by ​governmentfunds, sometimes also by ​money given by ​privatecitizens: public ​broadcasting/​radio/​television

publicnoun [U]

 us   /ˈpʌb·lɪk/
  • public noun [U] (PEOPLE)

all the ​people, esp. all those in one ​place or ​country: The ​park is ​open to the public from ​sunrise to ​sunset. The public is also the ​people who do not ​belong to a ​particulargroup or ​organization: The ​book is not ​yetavailable to the ​general public. Your public is the ​peopleinvolved with you or ​yourorganization, esp. in a ​businessrelationship: The ​newspaperspublish the ​stories they ​knowtheir public ​wants to ​read.
(Definition of public from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"public" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈpʌblɪk/
relating to ordinary ​people in ​general, rather than being ​limited to a particular ​group only: Proper ​archiving and preservation will ensure ​permanent public ​access to ​governmentinformation. They are ​trying to get public ​support for their ​takeoverbid. public ​opinion/​confidence/​trust Senior politicians have been ​accused of ​failing to ​act in the public ​interest.
GOVERNMENT relating to the ​government and to the ​services it ​provides to ​people: She has said repeatedly that she would not ​seek public ​office again. Why should public ​money be ​pumped into ​companies geared to ​profit? The OECD is encouraging ​memberstates to ​keep a watchful ​eye on public ​finances, in ​part by encouraging more ​efficiency in the ​healthcaresystem of ​individual countries. public ​services/​funding/​spending
known about by ​people in ​general: The ​retailer has been ​working to ​improve its public ​image in the face of ongoing criticism. The ​question of ​bonuspayments to ​bankers has been the ​subject of much public discussion in recent ​times.
available for anyone to hear, watch, go to, or be involved in: The ​company is ​holding a public ​meeting tonight to describe the ​proposal to ​residents. a public ​inquiry/​investigation/​hearing
available for everyone to use: a public ​telephone/library public ​transport
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE available to be ​bought by everyone, not just by ​people who are already ​shareholders: Class A ​shares may be ​purchased at the public ​offeringprice.
go public STOCK MARKET a ​company that goes public makes ​sharesavailable on a ​stockmarket for the first ​time: After going public last May at $20 ​pershare, they ​traded as high as $86 in October.
in public if something is done or said in public, everyone knows or hears about it: These are ​issues that should be discussed in public.
make (sth) public to say or ​publish something in ​order that everyone knows or hears about it: The ​annualfinancialdisclosurereport was made public yesterday.


uk   us   /ˈpʌblɪk/
the public ordinary ​people in ​general: The role of ​watchdogs is to ​protect the public. Air ​trafficcontrollers, ​baggagehandlers, and members of the public were called to give ​evidence after a ​majorsecuritylapse at one of Europe's ​busiestairports.
the viewing/voting/investing, etc. public all the ​people who are involved in or affected by a particular ​activity: A recent TV documentary about ​mutualfundinvestmentsraised the ​awareness of the ​investing public about ​fundfees.
(Definition of public from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “public”
in Korean 공중 -, 여론…
in Arabic حَدائق عامّة, حَمّامات عامّة, نَقْل عام…
in Malaysian awam, terbuka, org ramai…
in French public…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人們, 民眾的,大眾的…
in Italian pubblico…
in Spanish público…
in Vietnamese công khai, công luận, công cộng…
in Portuguese público…
in Thai สาธารณะ…
in German öffentlich…
in Catalan públic…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人们, 公众的,大众的…
in Indonesian publik…
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