public service

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  1. the business of supplying an essential commodity, as gas or electricity, or a service, as transportation, to the general public.
  2. government employment; civil service.
  3. a service to the public rendered without charge by a profit-making organization: This radio program has been brought to you as a public service.

Origin of public service

First recorded in 1560–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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public service

    1. government employment
    2. the management and administration of the affairs of a political unit, esp the civil service
    1. a service provided for the communitybuses provide a public service
    2. (as modifier)a public-service announcement
  1. Australian and NZ the service responsible for the public administration of the government of a country. It excludes the legislative, judicial, and military branches. Members of the public service have no official political allegiance and are not generally affected by changes of governmentsBritish equivalent: civil service
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