- 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
Examples from the Web for public
When cities started adding chlorine to their water supplies, in the early 1900s, it set off public outcry.
Not to be left behind, progressives in neighboring Wisconsin clamored to join the cutting edge of public health.
Great American leaders have long contributed profound thoughts of tremendous consequence to the public discourse.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Saved from the public gallows, Weeks was virtually exiled from the city, and wound up in Mississippi, where he raised a family.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A few years back, designer John Galliano was fined by the government for sharing just such anti-semitic sentiments in public.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It is not to be supposed that he has been without partisan and prejudiced views of public questions.The History of Peru|Henry S. Beebe
The public sorrow and indignation burst out without restraint.
When a senator assumes to speak for the President, every senator possesses a public right to demand his authority for so doing.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
The cupboard was in an antechamber which served as the public passage by which the apartments of Madame were reached.
The influence of this work on the public mind was such as might have been anticipated.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 public
see go public; in public; in the public eye; John Doe (Q. Public); wash one's dirty linen in public.