- to issue stock for sale to the general public.
- to present private or previously concealed information, news, etc., to the public; make matters open to public view: The senator threatened to go public with his congressional-reform plan.
Origin of public
Can be confusedpubic public
British Dictionary definitions for go public
- (of a private company) to issue shares for subscription by the public
- to reveal publicly hitherto confidential information
Word Origin for public
Idioms and Phrases with go public (1 of 2)
Become a publicly held company, that is, issue ownership shares in the form of stock. For example, As soon as the company grows a little bigger and begins to show a profit, we intend to go public. [Mid-1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with go public (2 of 2)
see go public; in public; in the public eye; John Doe (Q. Public); wash one's dirty linen in public.