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Definitions of "public"

  • Of, concerning, or affecting the community or the people: the public good. adjective
  • Maintained for or used by the people or community: a public park. adjective
  • Capitalized in shares of stock that can be traded on the open market: a public company. adjective
  • Participated in or attended by the people or community: "Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate” ( Hannah Arendt). adjective
  • Connected with or acting on behalf of the people, community, or government: public office. adjective
  • Enrolled in or attending a public school: transit passes for public students. adjective
  • Open to the knowledge or judgment of all: a public scandal. adjective
  • The community or the people as a whole. noun
  • A group of people sharing a common interest: the reading public. noun
  • Admirers or followers, especially of a famous person. See Usage Note at collective noun. noun
  • go public To become publicly owned, by launching shares of stock onto the open market: The company went public after having been closely held for 12 years. idiom
  • go public with Informal To reveal to the public a previously unknown or secret piece of information: The president finally had to go public with the scandal. idiom
  • in public In such a way as to be visible to the scrutiny of the people: "A career is born in public—talent in privacy” ( Marilyn Monroe). idiom
  • Traded publicly via a stock market. adjective
  • The people in general, regardless of membership of any particular group. noun
  • Of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; -- opposed to private. adjective
  • Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious adjective
  • Open to common or general use adjective
  • The general body of mankind, or of a nation, state, or community; the people, indefinitely; ; also, a particular body or aggregation of people. noun

The word "public" in example sentences

Quote: The current tent city, along the American River, has prompted concern by The American River Parkway Preservation Society, which has written on its blog: “If local government truly wishes to establish tent cities they need to be some place where the surrounding communities are not materially and criminogenically degraded — as the first call of public leadership is to *protect the public*.”. [Sacramento and Its Riverside Tent City - The Lede Blog -]

If AutoAdmit wasn't a public forum in the sense of its content being openly and freely available to the public*, what is?. [:D.]

Certainly the best works and of greatest merit for the public have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men, which both in affection and means have married and endowed the public….. [Francis Bacon (1561-1626)]

Chalmers, at the end of his long life, having had much power with the public, being plagued in some serious matter by a reference to “public opinion, ” uttered the impatient exclamation, “The public is just a great baby!. [Sesame and Lilies. Lecture I.-Sesame: Of Kings’ Treasuries]

By the time he should find it out for himself the public -- _le gros public_ -- would have bitten, and then perhaps he would be conciliated and forgive.. [Embarrassments]

Well might he inquire, for this man, having combed his hair with a public comb, which was attached to the door-post by a string, and examined himself carefully in a bit of glass, about two inches in diameter, proceeded to cleanse his teeth with a _public tooth-brush_ which hung beside the comb.. [The Golden Dream Adventures in the Far West]

The motives which induced my acceptance are the same which ever ruled my decision when the public desire -- or, as my countrymen are pleased to denominate it, the _public good_ -- was placed in the scale against my personal enjoyments and private interest.. [Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.]

In Europe, therefore, these works, supposing the labour equally efficient, would have cost at least four times the sum here estimated; and such works formed by private individuals for the public good, without any view whatever to return in profits, indicates a very high degree of _public spirit_.. [The slave trade, domestic and foreign Why It Exists, and How It May Be Extinguished]

I understand why they have such devices on public transit vehicles, such as planes, and trains, and other things that are entrusted with * public* safety .... [Autoblog]

_out-door relief_ was given _from the public funds_ to thirty-four thousand five hundred and seventy-two more -- making in all seventy-three thousand two hundred and sixty-four persons, or one out of every five, in the city of New York, dependent, more or less, on _public charity_.. [Cotton is King, and Pro-Slavery Arguments Comprising the Writings of Hammond, Harper, Christy, Stringfellow, Hodge, Bledsoe, and Cartrwright on This Important Subject]

Let us not deceive ourselves, the very essence of a free government consists in considering _offices as public trusts_, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party; and that system of political morals which regards offices in a different light, as _public prizes_ to be won by combatants most skilled in all the arts and corruption of political tactics, and to be used and enjoyed as their proper spoils -- strikes a fatal blow at the very vitals of free institutions.. [Southern Literature From 1579-1895 A comprehensive review, with copious extracts and criticisms for the use of schools and the general reader]

_private_ enterprise, -- that idle persons might get dividends out of the public pocket, -- but by _public_ enterprise, -- each citizen paying down at once his share of what was necessary to accomplish the benefit to the State, -- great architectural and engineering efforts were made for the common service.. [Val d'Arno]

And since, further, there is generally thought to be some peculiar kind of contrariety between self-love and the love of our neighbour, between the pursuit of public and of private good; insomuch that when you are recommending one of these, you are supposed to be speaking against the other; and from hence arises a secret prejudice against, and frequently open scorn of, all talk of public spirit and real good-will to our fellow - creatures; it will be necessary to _inquire what respect benevolence hath to self-love_, _and the pursuit of private interest to the pursuit of public_: or whether there be anything of that peculiar inconsistence and contrariety between them over and above what there is between self-love and other passions and particular affections, and their respective pursuits.. [Human Nature and Other Sermons]

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"And, sir, passing from considerations of public honor, there are many reasons of _public policy_ which forbid the repeal of the act of 1875.. [Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet An Autobiography.]

This extreme form of televisual entertainment is something new, operating without much of the traditional restraint implied by the term "public service broadcasting".. [The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed]

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@Wilderness: Why yesterday's Senate vote was "an overdue but critical victory for America’s most important conservation funding program…



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@SFGate: From Instagram: The employees of SF Fire EMT Station 49 had to say goodbye to @fire_cat_edna after SFFD said "public health and…

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