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public relations

(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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That was public relations, too—mainly Zeus' idea, I understand.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He was a public relations man to the core—but right now he was off duty.

    PRoblem Alan Edward Nourse
  • What needs to be done centrally is public relations and education.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Paul rode beside the driver and Metcalf, the public relations man.

    Human Error Raymond F. Jones
  • Not the least of his talents was a keen sense of public relations.

    Brink of Madness Walter J. Sheldon
British Dictionary definitions for public relations

public relations

noun (functioning as singular or pl)
  1. the practice of creating, promoting, or maintaining goodwill and a favourable image among the public towards an institution, public body, etc
  2. the methods and techniques employed
  3. (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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