Meaning of PUBLIC in English

■ adjective

1》 of, concerning, or open to the people as a whole.

↘involved in the affairs of the community, especially in government or entertainment: a ~ figure.

2》 done, perceived, or existing in open view.

3》 of or provided by the state rather than an independent commercial company.

■ noun ( the ~ ) [treated as sing. or plural ] ordinary people in general; the community.

↘[with modifier ] a section of the community with a shared interest or activity: the reading ~.


go ~

1》 become a ~ company.

2》 reveal details about a previously private concern.

in ~ in view of other people; when others are present.


~ly adverb


ME: from OFr., from L. ~us , blend of poplicus 'of the people' and pubes 'adult'.

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