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American English: /ˈpəblɪk/
British English: /ˈpʌblɪk/

Translation of public in Spanish:


  • 1 (of people) public opinion is against it
    la opinión pública está en contra
    it is a matter of public knowledge
    es un asunto de dominio público or de pública notoriedad
    there is growing public concern over this issue
    la gente está cada vez más preocupada sobre este tema
    it wouldn't be in the public interest
    no beneficiaría a la ciudadanía
    to go public (company)
    salir a bolsa
    public enemy number one eye 1 1 3
    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.
  • 2 (concerning the state) it was built at public expense
    se construyó con fondos públicos
    to hold public office
    tener un cargo público
    to retire from public life
    retirarse de or abandonar la vida pública
    public body
    organismo (masculine) estatal or público
  • 3
    let's go inside: it's too public out here
    vayamos dentro, aquí no tenemos ninguna privacidad
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 4 (open, not concealed)
    she is a well-known public figure
    es un personaje conocido or una persona muy conocida
    public speaking public speaker to make something public
    hacer algo público
    to go public
    revelar algo a la prensa
    Example sentences
    • 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.

noun + singular or plural verb

public access channel
  • 1 uncountable (people in general) the public
    el público
    open to the public
    abierto al público (en general)
    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.
  • 2 countable (audience)
    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.
  • 3in public
    en público
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