go public,
    1. to issue stock for sale to the general public.
    2. 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
Related formsnon·pub·lic, adjectivequa·si-pub·lic, adjectivequa·si-pub·lic·ly, adverbun·pub·lic, adjectiveun·pub·lic·ly, adverb
Can be confusedpubic public Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for publics'



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 publics'



late 14c., "open to general observation," from Old French public (c.1300) and directly from Latin publicus "of the people; of the state; done for the state," also "common, general, public; ordinary, vulgar," and as a noun, "a commonwealth; public property," altered (probably by influence of Latin pubes "adult population, adult") from Old Latin poplicus "pertaining to the people," from populus "people" (see people (n.)).

Early 15c. as "pertaining to the people." From late 15c. as "pertaining to public affairs;" meaning "open to all in the community" is from 1540s in English. An Old English adjective in this sense was folclic. Public relations first recorded 1913 (after an isolated use by Thomas Jefferson in 1807).

Public office "position held by a public official" is from 1821; public service is from 1570s; public interest from 1670s. Public-spirited is from 1670s. Public enemy is attested from 1756. Public sector attested from 1949.

Public school is from 1570s, originally, in Britain, a grammar school endowed for the benefit of the public, but most have evolved into boarding-schools for the well-to-do. The main modern meaning in U.S., "school (usually free) provided at public expense and run by local authorities," is attested from 1640s. For public house, see pub.



"the community," 1610s, from public (adj.); meaning "people in general" is from 1660s. In public "in public view, publicly" is attested from c.1500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with publics'


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

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