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Meaning of “public service” in the English Dictionary

"public service" in British English

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public servicenoun

uk   us  
[C usually plural] a ​serviceprovided by the ​government, such as ​hospitals, ​schools, or the ​police: The ​primeministerwants to ​stop Italy's ​hugepublicdebtgrowing, and to make ​itspublicservices more ​efficient. [U] the ​government and the ​work that ​itsdepartments do: The Senator has ​worked in ​publicservice all his ​life. [before noun] Inner-city ​teaching has ​become a ​popular public-service ​job for new ​graduates. [C] something that is done or ​provided for the ​public because it is ​needed, and not in ​order to make a ​profit: [before noun] The ​star has ​recorded public-service ​announcements for ​local TV on ​subjectsincludingHIV and ​teenpregnancy.
(Definition of public service from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"public service" in American English

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public servicenoun [U]

 us   /ˈpʌb·lɪk ˈsɜr·vɪs/
the ​work that ​electedofficials and ​government employees do for the ​benefit of the public
(Definition of public service from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"public service" in Business English

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public servicenoun

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[C, usually plural] GOVERNMENT a ​serviceprovided by the ​government, such as ​healthcare, ​education, or the ​police: Voters want to see the ​plannedtaxincreasestranslate into noticeable ​improvements in ​publicservices. deliver/​improve/​providepublicservices
[U] GOVERNMENT the ​government and the ​work that its ​departments do: Reports of ​stress and ​lowmorale are discouraging ​people from ​careers in ​publicservice. publicserviceworkers
[C] SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY something necessary that is done or ​provided for the ​public without ​trying to make a ​profit: The website's ​vision is to ​return to ​public broadcasting's roots as a ​publicservice.
(Definition of public service from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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