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public service

the business of supplying an essential commodity, as gas or electricity, or a service, as transportation, to the general public.
government employment; civil service.
a service to the public rendered without charge by a profit-making organization:
This radio program has been brought to you as a public service.
Origin of public service
First recorded in 1560-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I really feel at such times as if I was doing a public service.

  • The public officials are not paid the same salaries in all the branches of the public service.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • But, if Homer never did any public service, was he privately a guide or teacher of any?

    The Republic Plato
  • Think of the many ships which they will be capable of manning on public service.

    On Revenues Xenophon
  • Look at the methods by which our public service is recruited.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
British Dictionary definitions for public service

public service

  1. government employment
  2. the management and administration of the affairs of a political unit, esp the civil service
  1. a service provided for the community: buses provide a public service
  2. (as modifier): a public-service announcement
(Austral & NZ) the service responsible for the public administration of the government of a country. It excludes the legislative, judicial, and military branches. Members of the public service have no official political allegiance and are not generally affected by changes of governments British equivalent civil service
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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