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public US English

Of or concerning the people as a whole

go public in public US English

Become a public company

in public in public US English

In view of other people; when others are present

go public US English

Become a public company

in public US English

In view of other people; when others are present

Joe Public US English

British term for John Q. Public.

public act US English

An act of legislation affecting the public as a whole

public bar US English

The more plainly furnished bar in a pub

public bill US English

A proposed law that affects the public as a whole

public good US English

A commodity or service that is provided without profit to all members of a society, either by the government or a private individual or organization

public key US English

A cryptographic key that can be obtained and used by anyone to encrypt messages intended for a particular recipient, such that the encrypted messages can be deciphered only by using a second key that is known only to the recipient (the private key)

public law US English

The law of relationships between individuals and the government

public domain US English

The state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright

public enemy US English

A notorious wanted criminal

public health US English

The health of the population as a whole, especially as monitored, regulated, and promoted by the state

public house US English

A tavern

public orator US English

another term for orator.

public policy US English

The principles, often unwritten, on which social laws are based

public purse US English

The funds raised by a government by taxation or other means

public school US English

(Chiefly in North America) a school supported by public funds

public sector US English

The part of an economy that is controlled by the government

public spirit US English

Willingness to do things that help the public

public works US English

The work of building such things as roads, schools, and reservoirs, carried out by the government for the community

public analyst US English

A health official who analyses food

public company US English

A company whose shares are traded freely on a stock exchange

public defender US English

A lawyer employed at public expense in a criminal trial to represent a defendant who is unable to afford legal assistance

public housing US English

Housing provided for people with low incomes, subsidized by public funds

public nuisance US English

An act, condition, or thing that is illegal because it interferes with the rights of the public generally

public opinion US English

Views prevalent among the general public

public servant US English

A government official

public-spirited US English

Willing to help the wider community; socially concerned

public utility US English

An organization supplying a community with electricity, gas, water, or sewerage

John Q. Public US English

A name for a hypothetical representative member of the general public, or the general public personified

the public eye in public US English

The state of being known or of interest to people in general, especially through the media

the public eye US English

The state of being known or of interest to people in general, especially through the media

public assistance US English

Government benefits provided to the needy, usually in the form of cash or vouchers

public prosecutor US English

A law officer who conducts criminal proceedings on behalf of the government or in the public interest

public relations US English

The professional maintenance of a favorable public image by a company or other organization or a famous person

public transportation US English

Buses, trains, subways, and other forms of transportation that charge set fares, run on fixed routes, and are available to the public

public address system US English

A system of microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers used to amplify speech or music in a large building or at an outdoor gathering

public lending right US English

(In the UK) the right of authors to receive payment when their books or other works are loaned out by public libraries

Public Record Office US English

(In the UK) an institution where official archives are kept for public inspection

public-service corporation US English

A public utility

initial public offering US English

A company’s flotation on the stock exchange

public interest immunity US English

(In the UK and some Commonwealth countries) a principle by which the government can request that sensitive documents are not used as evidence in a trial, on the grounds that to do so would be against the public or national interest

public limited company US English

(In the UK) a company registered under the Companies Act (1980), with statutory minimum capital requirements and shares offered to the public subject to conditions of limited liability

certified public accountant US English

A member of an officially accredited professional body of accountants

Committee of Public Safety US English

A French governing body set up in April 1793, during the Revolution. Under the influence of Robespierre it initiated the Terror but it was dissolved in 1795

Director of Public Prosecutions US English

(In the UK) a senior law officer who is head of the Crown Prosecution Service

wash one's dirty linen in public in wash US English

(Of an individual or a member of an organization) discuss or argue about one’s private affairs in public


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