Meaning of “the public sector” in the English Dictionary

"public sector" in American English

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public sectornoun [ C usually sing ]

us /ˈpʌb·lɪk ˈsek·tər/

the offices and responsibilities of government:

She worked in the public sector for years before returning to private practice in her old law firm.

(Definition of “public sector” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"public-sector" in Business English

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public-sectoradjective [ before noun ]


used to refer to businesses and industries that are owned or controlled by the government, or things that are related to these businesses and industries:

public-sector employees/workers/managers Unions have rejected the government's pay offer for public-sector workers.
Many fear that the country is heading for a public-sector debt crisis.
public-sector bodies/organizations/unions
public-sector jobs/pay/spending

the public sectornoun [ S ]


businesses, industries and organizations that are owned or controlled by the government:

Levels of pay are the principal reason why the public sector still finds it difficult to recruit.

(Definition of “public-sector” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)