- (used with a plural verb) the actions of a corporation, store, government, individual, etc., in promoting goodwill between itself and the public, the community, employees, customers, etc.
- (used with a singular verb) the art, technique, or profession of promoting such goodwill.
Origin of public relations
First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for public relations
But calorie counts can only get you so far in the public-relations game.Do You Want Wine With Those Fries?
October 1, 2013
For Republicans, a government shutdown could be a public-relations disaster.Ex-Republican Congressman: Shutdown Is a ‘Dangerous Game’
September 30, 2013
This opinion can be viewed as no more than a public-relations release for the court and, by extension, the Obama administration.Pentagon Papers’ James C. Goodale: The Outrageous NSA Opinion
James C. Goodale
September 19, 2013
“The brand is scaling,” said Gabby Cohen, the public-relations and marketing director at SoulCycle.SoulCycle Is a Booming Exercise Chain for the 1 Percent
July 19, 2013
But for Morales himself, Snowden could provide a public-relations boost back home.Is Edward Snowden Bound for Bolivia? Evo Morales Sure Seems to Hope So
Eli Lake, Mac Margolis
July 2, 2013
It amounts to a public-relations job, a production, with me merely censoring aspects that might be bad for Dabney's psyche.
Mr. Dabney, Jed Cochrane is here as a specialist in public-relations set-ups.
The public-relations job all this has turned into, demands a careful stimulation of all the basic urges.
He managed to make one copy, unaddressed, of the public-relations letter that he'd worked out at the same time.The Pirates of Ersatz
- the practice of creating, promoting, or maintaining goodwill and a favourable image among the public towards an institution, public body, etc
- the methods and techniques employed
- (as modifier)the public relations industry
- the condition of the relationship between an organization and the public
- the professional staff employed to create, promote, or maintain a favourable relationship between an organization and the public
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