Meaning of PUBLIC in English

[pub.lic] adj [ME publique, fr. MF, fr. L publicus; akin to L populus the people] (14c) 1 a: exposed to general view: open b: well-known, prominent c: perceptible, material

2. a: of, relating to, or affecting all the people or the whole area of a nation or state "~ law" b: of or relating to a government c: of, relating to, or being in the service of the community or nation 3 a: of or relating to people in general: universal b: general, popular

4: of or relating to business or community interests as opposed to private affairs: social

5: devoted to the general or national welfare: humanitarian

6. a: accessible to or shared by all members of the community b: capitalized in shares that can be freely traded on the open market--often used with go -- pub.lic.ness n

[2]public n (15c) 1: a place accessible or visible to the public--usu. used in the phrase in public

2: the people as a whole: populace

3: a group of people having common interests or characteristics; specif: the group at which a particular activity or enterprise aims

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