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English definition of “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 company Ordinary people
(Definition of public adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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