Meaning of “public service” in the English Dictionary

"public service" in British English

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public servicenoun

uk /ˌpʌb.lɪk ˈsɜː.vɪs/ us /ˌpʌb.lɪk ˈsɝː.vɪs/

[ U ] the government and the work that its departments do:

The Senator has worked in public service 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:

(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 elected officials 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

uk us

[ U ] GOVERNMENT the government and the work that its departments do:

Reports of stress and low morale are discouraging people from careers in public service.

[ 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 public service.

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