- 1Of or concerning the people as a whole: public concern public affairsMore example sentences
- Mr Fitzgerald said the right of the press and the public to know matters of legitimate public concern was recognised.
- The trust recognised public concern but did not have any grounds to object to the trial.
- He is bound to recognise the acute public concern rightly aroused where deaths occur in custody.
- 1.1Open to or shared by all the people of an area or country: a public libraryMore example sentences
open (to the public), communal, accessible to all, available, free, unrestricted, community
- A number of local residents have put forward proposals to make the wooded public area a greater amenity for villagers.
- The ration of half an hour per week or fortnight is simply not enough and this should not be a case of finance but it should be in the area of public amenity.
- Residents in Redvales angered over plans to build a new nursery in the area held a public meeting on Monday.
- 1.2Of or provided by the government rather than an independent, commercial company: public spendingMore example sentences
- This time the SNP is emphasising better public services rather than the cost of delivering them.
- We want to end privatisation and bring services back into public ownership.
- Money, I may add, that could have been spent on improving public services.
- 1.3Of or involved in the affairs of the community, especially in government: his public career was destroyed by tenacious reportersMore example sentences
- More and more of my students seek careers in lobbying and public affairs from the get go.
- She'd say she turned her back on a public career very deliberately.
- And second, the public career of one of the country's most formidable politicians.
- 2Done, perceived, or existing in open view: he wanted a public apology in the Wall Street Journal we should talk somewhere less publicMore example sentences
known, published, publicized, in circulation, exposed, overt, plain, obvious
- He seems to have a strategy, but it is one that he does not seem to have laid open for public view and debate.
- Which soap actor made a public apology for exposing himself on the internet?
- It is the attempt to exclude such views from acceptable public discourse that is anti-democratic.
- 3British Of, for, or acting for a university: public examination resultsMore example sentences
- In fact public universities, as a result, have had to raise their tuitions dramatically.
- In the public universities the government is planning to impose fees on students.
- Like most public institutions the university has not escaped the effects of neo-liberalism.
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- 1Ordinary people in general; the community: the library is open to the public the public has made an informed choiceMore example sentences
- Many experts have thus given up the attempt to communicate with the general public.
- The course is suitable and worthwhile for all members of the general public.
- The final phase of the project will consist of competitions open to the general public.
- 1.1 [with adjective or noun modifier] A section of the community having a particular interest or connection: the reading publicMore example sentences
- The American viewing public's interest is a powerful force in the future of the Games.
- Frankly, it may be complex to give a round up of all this to the French reading public, but we hope to be able to do that.
- The Victorian reading public had an insatiable appetite for this kind of fiction.
- 1.2 (one's public) The people who watch or are interested in an artist, writer, or performer: some famous last words to give my publicMore example sentences
- It's a strange but pleasant feeling, meeting one's public for the first time.
- I descend to greet my public at 11 pm and am able to scrutinize at least 6 different chins and sets of grinning teeth at close quarters.
- Suddenly, as if on cue, he straightened his shoulders and walked downstage to greet his public.
- 1Become a public company.More example sentences
- And not only are more money-losing companies going public, initial valuations can be distinctly frothy.
- For others, it means going public and answering to shareholders.
- There is the potential to grow rapidly, and if you do, getting bought out or going public are distinct possibilities.
- 2Reveal details about a previously private concern: Bates went public with the news at a press conferenceMore example sentences
- Over the past few days, since I went public with my complaints concerning the casino, I have been swamped with phone calls regarding the actions I took.
- Coalition MPs were briefed at a special meeting called just before the Prime Minister went public with his plans to strengthen counter-terrorism laws.
- And people are wondering why I went public with this!
- In view of other people; when others are present: men don’t cry in publicMore example sentences
- You expect to be ticked off from time to time if you venture your views in public.
- So we were not used to seeing strong men crying in public, and not at all sure how to react when we did.
- He is not seen much in public these days and his views on the situation are not known.
the public eye
- The state of being known or of interest to people in general, especially through the media: the pressures of being constantly in the public eyeMore example sentences
- You don't have to be a politician or a person in the public eye to gain media attention.
- She urged celebrities and people in the public eye not to wear fur as this can lead to fashion trends being set.
- But it is time now to draw back from treating him as a public spectacle and let him fight his demons out of the public eye.
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin publicus, blend of poplicus 'of the people' (from populus 'people') and pubes 'adult'.