[ puhb-lik ]
/ ˈpʌb lɪk /
of, relating to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole: public funds; a public nuisance.
done, made, acting, etc., for the community as a whole: public prosecution.
open to all persons: a public meeting.
of, relating to, or being in the service of a community or nation, especially as a government officer: a public official.
maintained at the public expense and under public control: a public library; a public road.
generally known: The fact became public.
familiar to the public; prominent: public figures.
open to the view of all; existing or conducted in public: a public dispute.
pertaining or devoted to the welfare or well-being of the community: public spirit.
of or relating to all humankind; universal.
the people constituting a community, state, or nation.
a particular group of people with a common interest, aim, etc.: the book-buying public.
British Informal. a tavern; public house.
Words nearby public
Idioms for public
- 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.
in public, not in private; in a situation open to public view or access; publicly: It was the first time that she had sung in public.
make public, to cause to become known generally, as through the news media: Her resignation was made public this morning.
Origin of public
1400–50; < Latin pūblicus (earlier pōblicus, pōplicus, akin to populus people); replacing late Middle English publique < Middle French < Latin, as above
OTHER WORDS FROM public
non·pub·lic, adjectivequa·si-pub·lic, adjectivequa·si-pub·lic·ly, adverbun·pub·lic, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH publicpubic public
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British Dictionary definitions for non-public
/ (ˈpʌblɪk) /
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
- (of a private company) to issue shares for subscription by the public
- 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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Idioms and Phrases with non-public
see go public; in public; in the public eye; John Doe (Q. Public); wash one's dirty linen in public.
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