public awareness/health/support, etc › 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?
public parks/toilets/transport, etc › parks/toilets/transport, etc that are for everyone to use and are not private: Smoking should be banned in public places.
a public announcement/appearance/statement, etc › 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.
make sth public › to allow everyone to know about something: The government does not plan to make its findings public.
public funds/services/spending, etc › funds/services/spending, etc controlled or supplied by the government and not by a private company