publicadjectiveuk us /ˈpʌb.lɪk/
public adjective (PEOPLE)
- The new tax caused a huge amount of public anger.
- She will be making a public appearance, signing copies of her latest novel.
- Her speech failed to generate the public support she had been hoping for.
- The public mood changed dramatically after the bombing.
- The government is trying to restore public confidence in its management of the economy.
public adjective (GOVERNMENT)
- In the survey, a majority of people favoured higher taxes and better public services over tax cuts.
- The prime minister has announced that public spending will be increased next year.
- We must stop public money being misspent in this way.
- The new government's policy is to transfer state industries from the public sector to the private sector.
- It is illegal for public officials to solicit gifts or money in exchange for favours.
public adjective (PLACE)
publicnoun [U, + sing/pl verb]uk us /ˈpʌb.lɪk/
- Mass murders hold a gruesome fascination for the public.
- Companies publish annual reports to inform the public about the previous year's activities.
- The garden in all its glory is now open to the public.
- The police are appealing to the public for any information about the missing girl.
- The company only supplies its goods to the building trade, not direct to the public.