- 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
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Examples from the Web for public service
“Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer,” the elder Brown had said last week in a public-service video.Darren Wilson Wasn’t Indicted—the System Was
November 25, 2014
Sarah supports the family with her public-service job while Aidan “pursues” his “dream.”Zach Braff’s Irritating Sense of Entitlement
July 18, 2014
But the agents for the public-service corporations did not forget.
From this early beginning gas-light remained for a long time the only illuminant supplied by a public-service company.Artificial Light
It would make possible advantageous dealings with public-service corporations.The Making of Arguments
J. H. Gardiner
Public-service corporations were largely instrumental in financing the movement.
Ruef had plead guilty to extortion and had made partial confession of his relations with the public-service corporations.
- government employment
- the management and administration of the affairs of a political unit, esp the civil service
- a service provided for the communitybuses provide a public service
- (as modifier)a public-service announcement
- Australian and 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 governmentsBritish equivalent: civil service
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