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English definition of “public”

public

adjective (GOVERNMENT)    /ˈpʌb.lɪk/
B1 provided by the government from taxes to be available to everyone: public funds / services / spending public buildings a public library He is unlikely to hold public office (= have an important job in national or local government ).Government administration and organisation
(Definition of public adjective (GOVERNMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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