public company

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noun British.

a company that has more than 50 shareholders and whose shares are offered for public subscription.

Nearby words

  1. public assistance,
  2. public bar,
  3. public bill,
  4. public broadcasting service,
  5. public charge,
  6. public convenience,
  7. public corporation,
  8. public debt,
  9. public defender,
  10. public domain


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Examples from the Web for public company

  • We have another name to add that most rarefied group of public-company CEOs in America: the $1 Club.

    The $1 Club|Paul Kedrosky|January 31, 2009|DAILY BEAST


British Dictionary definitions for public company

public company

noun

a limited company whose shares may be purchased by the public and traded freely on the open market and whose share capital is not less than a statutory minimum; public limited companyCompare private company
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Culture definitions for public company

public company

A company that sells shares in itself to the public to raise capital. When a previously privately owned company offers shares, it is said to “go public.”

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