Definition of public company in English:

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public company

Pronunciation: /ˈpəblik ˈkəmp(ə)nē/
(also public corporation)


A company whose shares are traded freely on a stock exchange.
Example sentences
  • At stake is the future of the world's second most important market trading shares in public companies.
  • The arrangement for security depends on whether the borrower is a public corporation, a private company, an unincorporated trader, or a person borrowing for private purposes.
  • Most public companies have a holding company and subsidiaries.

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Syllabification: pub·lic com·pa·ny

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