Nearby words

  1. pubic region,
  2. pubic symphysis,
  3. pubiotomy,
  4. pubis,
  5. publ.,
  6. public access,
  7. public accountant,
  8. public act,
  9. public address system,
  10. public administration


Origin of public

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

Related forms
Can be confusedpubic public Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for go public



of, relating to, or concerning the people as a whole
open or accessible to allpublic gardens
performed or made openly or in the view of allpublic proclamation
(prenominal) well-known or familiar to people in generala public figure
(usually prenominal) maintained at the expense of, serving, or for the use of a communitya public library
open, acknowledged, or notoriousa public scandal
go public
  1. (of a private company) to issue shares for subscription by the public
  2. to reveal publicly hitherto confidential information


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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Word Origin and History for go public
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with go public

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]


see go public; in public; in the public eye; John Doe (Q. Public); wash one's dirty linen in public.

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