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English definition of “public”

public

adjective
 
 
/ˈpʌblɪk/
public awareness/health/support, etc B2 the awareness/health/support, etc of all ordinary people: Public opinion has turned against him. Is it really in the public interest (= useful for people) to publish this information?Ordinary people
public parks/toilets/transport, etc B2 parks/toilets/transport, etc that are for everyone to use and are not private: Smoking is banned in public places.Ordinary people
a public announcement/appearance/statement, etc B2 an announcement/appearance/statement, etc that can be seen or heard or known by everyone: The Prime Minister is due to make a public statement later today.Honesty, openness and sincerity
make sth public to allow everyone to know about something: The government does not plan to make its findings public.Revealing secrets and becoming knownAnnouncing, informing and stating
public funds/services/spending, etc B1 funds/services/spending, etc controlled or supplied by the government and not by a private companyOrdinary people
(Definition of public adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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