[ puhb-lik ]
/ ˈpʌb lɪk /




Origin of public

1400–50; < Latin pūblicus (earlier pōblicus, pōplicus, akin to populus people); replacing late Middle English publique < Middle French < Latin, as above

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Can be confused

pubic public Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for go public


/ (ˈpʌblɪk) /



the community or people in general
a part or section of the community grouped because of a common interest, activity, etcthe racing public

Word Origin for public

C15: from Latin pūblicus, changed from pōplicus of the people, from populus people
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Idioms and Phrases with go public (1 of 2)

go public

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.

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