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pub·lic

 (pŭb′lĭk)
adj.
1. Of, concerning, or affecting the community or the people: the public good.
2. Maintained for or used by the people or community: a public park.
3. Capitalized in shares of stock that can be traded on the open market: a public company; took the company public.
4. Participated in or attended by the people or community: "Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate" (Hannah Arendt).
5. Connected with or acting on behalf of the people, community, or government: public office.
6. Enrolled in or attending a public school: transit passes for public students.
7. Open to the knowledge or judgment of all: a public scandal.
n.
1. The community or the people as a whole.
2. A group of people sharing a common interest: the reading public.
3. Admirers or followers, especially of a famous person. See Usage Note at collective noun.
Idioms:
go public with Informal
To reveal to the public a previously unknown or secret piece of information: The president finally had to go public with the scandal.
in public
In such a way as to be visible to the scrutiny of the people: "A career is born in public—talent in privacy" (Marilyn Monroe).

[Middle English publik, from Old French public, from Latin pūblicus, alteration (influenced by pūbēs, adult population) of poplicus, from populus, people, of Etruscan origin.]

pub′lic·ness n.

public

(ˈpʌblɪk)
adj
1. (Sociology) of, relating to, or concerning the people as a whole
2. open or accessible to all: public gardens.
3. performed or made openly or in the view of all: public proclamation.
4. (prenominal) well-known or familiar to people in general: a public figure.
5. (usually prenominal) maintained at the expense of, serving, or for the use of a community: a public library.
6. open, acknowledged, or notorious: a public scandal.
7. (Stock Exchange) go public
a. (of a private company) to issue shares for subscription by the public
b. to reveal publicly hitherto confidential information
8. (of a private company) to issue shares for subscription by the public
n
9. (Sociology) the community or people in general
10. (Sociology) a part or section of the community grouped because of a common interest, activity, etc: the racing public.
[C15: from Latin pūblicus, changed from pōplicus of the people, from populus people]

pub•lic

(ˈpʌb lɪk)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole: a public nuisance.
2. done, made, acting, etc., for the community as a whole: public prosecution.
3. open to all persons: a public meeting.
4. of, pertaining to, or being in the service of a community or nation: a public official.
5. maintained at the public expense and under public control: a public library.
6. generally known: The fact became public.
7. familiar to the public; prominent: public figures.
8. open to the view of all; existing or conducted in public: a public dispute.
9. pertaining or devoted to the welfare or well-being of the community: public spirit.
10. of or pertaining to all humankind; universal.
n.
11. the people constituting a community, state, or nation.
12. a particular group of people with a common interest, aim, etc.: the book-buying public.
Idioms:
1. go public,
a. to issue stock for sale to the general public.
b. to present previously concealed information to the public.
2. in public, in a situation open to public notice, view, or access; publicly: to quarrel in public.
3. make public, to cause to become known generally, as through the news media.
[1400–50; late Middle English publique (< Middle French) < Latin pūblicus]
pub′lic•ness, n.

Public

 the community; the people, 1611.

public

You can refer to people in general as the public. In British English, after the public you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb.

I think that the public has learnt that we have to wait for news.
The public are entitled to know what happened.

In American English, a singular verb form is preferred.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.public - people in general considered as a wholepublic - people in general considered as a whole; "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
admass - the segment of the public that is easily influenced by mass media (chiefly British)
audience - the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment; "every artist needs an audience"; "the broadcast reached an audience of millions"
2.public - a body of people sharing some common interest; "the reading public"
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
Adj.1.public - not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole; "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures"
exoteric - suitable for the general public; "writings of an exoteric nature"
overt, open - open and observable; not secret or hidden; "an overt lie"; "overt hostility"; "overt intelligence gathering"; "open ballots"
private - confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"
2.public - affecting the people or community as a whole; "community leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare"
common - belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public; "for the common good"; "common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community"

public

noun
1. people, society, country, population, masses, community, nation, everyone, citizens, voters, electorate, multitude, populace, hoi polloi, Joe Public (slang), Joe Six-Pack (U.S. slang), commonalty The poll is a test of the public's confidence in the government.
2. clientele, fans, supporters, following, followers, audience, buyers, patrons She won't do anything that makes her look bad to her public.
adjective
1. civic, government, state, national, local, official, community, social, federal, civil, constitutional, municipal a substantial part of public spending
2. general, popular, national, shared, common, widespread, universal, collective Parliament's decision was in line with public opinion.
5. known, published, exposed, open, obvious, acknowledged, recognized, plain, patent, notorious, overt, in circulation She was reluctant to make her views public.
known secret, hidden, unknown, secluded, unrevealed
in public openly, publicly, overtly, for all to see, in full view, coram populo (Latin) by-laws to make it illegal to smoke in public
Quotations
"You have to look very carefully at your motives if you become a public figure" [Harold Pinter One for the Road]

public

adjective
1. Of, concerning, or affecting the community or the people:
2. Belonging to, shared by, or applicable to all alike:
3. Of, representing, or carried on by people at large:
4. Not restricted or confined to few:
noun
1. The common people:
common (used in plural), commonality, commonalty, commoner (used in plural), crowd, hoi polloi, mass (used in plural), mob, pleb (used in plural), plebeian (used in plural), populace, ruck, third estate.
2. Persons as an organized body:
3. The body of persons who admire a public personality, especially an entertainer:
Translations
العَامَّةجمهورعام، شائِع، عُموميعَامّ
veřejnýveřejnost
offentligoffentlighed
julkinenyleisö
javnijavnost
nyilvános
almennur, almennings-, almanna-; opinber
公衆公衆の
공공의대중
publicumvulgus
alinėryšiai su visuomenevalstybinė šventėviešaiviešas
atklātspubliskssabiedrisks
javnostodnosi z javnostjojaven
allmänallmänhetenoffentlig
เกี่ยวข้องกับสาธารณชนสาธารณชน
halkhalkla ilgilikamuumumî
công cộngquần chúng

public

[ˈpʌblɪk]
A. ADJ
1. (= of the State) → público
they can hire expensive lawyers at public expensepueden contratar abogados caros a costa de los contribuyentes
to run for/hold public officepresentarse como candidato a/ostentar un cargo público
the public purseel erario público
2. (= of, for, by everyone) → público
they want to deflect public attention from the real issuesquieren desviar la opinión pública de los verdaderos problemas
to be in the public eyeser objeto del interés público
he has kept his family out of the public eyeha mantenido a su familia alejada de la atención pública
I have decided to resign in the public interesten el interés de los ciudadanos, he decidido dimitir
in a bid to gain public supporten un intento de hacerse con el apoyo de la gente
public enemy number oneenemigo m público número uno
3. (= open, not private) [statement, meeting] → público; [appearance] → en público
it's too public hereaquí estamos demasiado expuestos al público, aquí no tenemos intimidad
can we talk somewhere less public?¿podemos hablar en algún sitio más privado or menos expuesto al público?
to become public [news, fact] → hacerse público
to be in the public domain (= not secret) → ser de dominio público
to go public (Comm) → empezar a cotizar en bolsa
they decided to go public about their relationshipdecidieron revelar su relación a la prensa or al público
it is public knowledgeya es de dominio público
to retire from public liferetirarse de la vida pública
to lead an active public lifellevar una vida pública activa
to make sth publichacer público algo, publicar algo
4. (= well-known) a public figureun personaje público
B. N
1. (= people) the publicel público
the house is open to the publicla casa está abierta al público
the general publicel gran público
a member of the publicun ciudadano
2. (= open place) in publicen público
3. (= devotees) → público m
she couldn't disappoint her publicno podía decepcionar a su público
the reading/sporting publiclos aficionados a la lectura/al deporte
the viewing publiclos telespectadores
C. CPD public access television N (US) televisión abierta al público
public address system N(sistema m de) megafonía f, altavoces mpl, altoparlantes mpl (LAm)
public affairs NPLactividades fpl públicas
public assistance N (US) → asistencia f pública
to be on public assistancerecibir asistencia pública
public bar Nbar m
public body Norganismo m público
public company Nempresa f pública
public convenience N (Brit) (frm) → servicios mpl, aseos mpl públicos
public debt Ndeuda f pública, deuda f del Estado
public defender N (US) → defensor(a) m/f de oficio
public enquiry N (Brit) = public inquiry public expenditure Ngasto m (del sector) público
public health Nsalud f pública, sanidad f pública
public health inspector Ninspector/a m/f de salud or sanidad pública
Public Health Service N (US) → Seguridad f Social servicio público de asistencia sanitaria
public holiday Nfiesta f nacional, fiesta f oficial, (día m) feriado m (LAm)
public house N (Brit) (frm) → bar m
public inquiry Ninvestigación f oficial
public law N (= discipline, body of legislation) → derecho m público (US) (= piece of legislation) → ley f pública
public library Nbiblioteca f pública
public limited company Nsociedad f anónima
public nuisance N (Jur) → molestia f pública
he's a public nuisancesiempre está causando problemas or molestias
to cause a public nuisancealterar el orden público
public opinion Nopinión f pública
public opinion poll Nsondeo m (de la opinión pública)
public property N (= land, buildings) → dominio m público (fig) he couldn't handle being public propertyno podía soportar ser un personaje público
his private life is public propertysu vida privada es de dominio público
public prosecutor Nfiscal mf
the Public Prosecutor's Officela fiscalía ATTORNEY Public Record Office N (Brit) → archivo m nacional
public relations NPLrelaciones fpl públicas
the police action was a public relations disasterla actuación de la policía fue desastrosa para su imagen
it's just a public relations exercisees sólo una operación publicitaria or de relaciones públicas
public relations officer Nencargado/a m/f de relaciones públicas
public school N (Brit) → colegio m privado; (= boarding school) → internado m privado (US) → escuela f pública
the public sector Nel sector público
60,000 public-sector jobs must be cutse deben eliminar 60.000 puestos de funcionario or en el sector público
public servant Nfuncionario/a m/f
public service N (= Civil Service) → administración f pública; (usu pl) (= community facility) → servicio m público
she will be remembered for a lifetime of public servicese la recordará por cómo entregó su vida al servicio de la comunidad
in doing this they were performing a public servicecon esto estaban haciendo un servicio a la comunidad
public service announcementcomunicado m de interés público
public service jobspuestos mpl de funcionario or en el sector público
public service vehiclevehículo m de servicio público
public service workerfuncionario/a m/f
public speaker Norador(a) m/f
she is a good public speakerhabla muy bien en público, es una buena oradora
public speaking Noratoria f
public spending Ngasto m (del sector) público
public television N (US) → cadenas fpl públicas (de televisión)
public transport, public transportation (US) Ntransporte(s) m(pl) público(s)
to ban smoking on public transportprohibir fumar en los medios de transporte público
public utility Nempresa f del servicio público
public works NPLobras fpl públicas
PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION
En Estados Unidos, el término Public Access Television hace referencia a una serie de cadenas no comerciales de televisión por cable que emiten programas de ámbito local o programas dedicados a organizaciones humanitarias sin ánimo de lucro. Entre sus emisiones se incluyen charlas sobre actividades escolares, programas sobre aficiones diversas e incluso discursos de organizaciones racistas. Estas emisiones de acceso público se crearon para dar cabida a temas de interés local e impedir que los canales por cable estuvieran dominados por unos cuantos privilegiados. En virtud de la Ley de Emisiones por Cable, el Cable Act de 1984, cualquier población en que haya algún canal por cable puede obligar a los propietarios de dicho canal a que instalen una cadena adicional de acceso público y provean el equipo, el estudio, los medios técnicos y el personal necesarios para la emisión.

public

[ˈpʌblɪk]
adj
(from the public) [support, interest] → du public
(for the public) [building, service, place] → public/ique
in public places → dans les endroits publics
I avoid working in areas which are too public
BUT J'évite de travailler dans les endroits trop fréquentés.
(not private, not secret) [announcement, meeting, statement, debate, appearance] → public/ique; [figure, life] → public/ique
public announcement → annonce f publique
public meeting → réunion f publique
public figure → personnage m public
to be public knowledge → être de notoriété publique
to be in the public domain [information] → être dans le domaine public, être tombé(e) dans le domaine public
to be out of the public eye → être loin des feux de l'actualité
He has kept his wife and son out of the public eye → Il a éloigné sa femme et son fils des feux de l'actualité.
to be in the public eye → être sous l'œil du public, être sous les feux de l'actualité
to become public → devenir public/ique
to make sth public → rendre qch public/ique
(= state) [funding, funds, service] → public/ique
(FINANCE) to go public [company] → être coté(e) en Bourse
n
(people in general)public m
the general public → le grand public
open to the public → ouvert(e) au public
in public → en public
(= supporters, audience) sb's public → le public de qn
She had a faithful public → Elle avait un public fidèle.public access television n (US)télévision f communautaire, télévision f d'accès publicpublic address system nsonorisation f
the public address system → la sonorisation
The news was announced on the public address system at the high school
BUT La nouvelle a été annoncée par haut-parleur au collège.

public

adj support, pressure, subsidyöffentlich; officialöffentlich, staatlich; to be public knowledgeallgemein bekannt sein; to become publicpublik werden; at public expenseaus öffentlichen Mitteln; public pressureDruck mder Öffentlichkeit; it’s rather public herees ist nicht gerade privat hier; it’s a bit too public herehier sind (mir) zu viele Leute; he is a public figure or personer ist eine Persönlichkeit des öffentlichen Lebens; in the public eyeim Blickpunkt der Öffentlichkeit; to make something publicetw bekannt geben, etw publik machen; (officially) → etw öffentlich bekannt machen; in the public interestim öffentlichen Interesse; to create public awarenessöffentliches Interesse wecken; to go public (Comm) → in eine Aktiengesellschaft umgewandelt werden
n sing or plÖffentlichkeit f; in publicin der Öffentlichkeit; speak also, agree, admitöffentlich; our/their etc publicunser/ihr etc Publikum; the (general) publicdie (breite) Öffentlichkeit; the viewing publicdas Fernsehpublikum, die Zuschauer pl; the reading/sporting publicdie lesende/sportinteressierte Öffentlichkeit; the racing publicdie Freunde pldes Rennsports; the great American/British public (iro)die breite amerikanische/britische Öffentlichkeit

public

:
public accountant
n (US) → Wirtschaftsprüfer(in) m(f)
Public Accounts Committee
n (Brit) → Haushaltsausschuss m
public address system
nLautsprecheranlage f

public

:
public analyst
nAnalytiker(in) m(f)in der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
public assistance

public

:
public bar
n (Brit) → ˜ Ausschank m, → Schänke f, → Schenke f
public building
public company
public convenience
n (Brit) → öffentliche Toilette
public corporation
public debt
n (esp US) → Verschuldung fder öffentlichen Hand; (= national debt)Staatsverschuldung f
public defender
n (US) → Pflichtverteidiger(in) m(f)
public domain
n
(= land)Domäne f
(= unpatented status) this book/invention will soon become publicdas Copyright für dieses Buch/das Patent für diese Erfindung läuft bald ab; to be in the public (= not private property)allgemein zugänglich sein; (= generally known)allgemein bekannt sein
public enemy
nStaatsfeind(in) m(f); he is public number oneer ist Staatsfeind Nr. 1
public enterprise
nöffentliches Unternehmertum
public gallery
n (in parliament, courtroom) → Besuchertribüne f, → Besucherplätze pl
public health
n (= health of the public)die allgemeine or öffentliche Gesundheit, die Volksgesundheit; (= health care)das (öffentliche) Gesundheitswesen; a danger to publiceine Gefahr für die Volksgesundheit
public health service
public holiday
public house
n (Brit form) → Gaststätte f
public housing
n (US) → Sozialwohnungen pl
public housing project
public inquiry

public

:
public law
nöffentliches Recht
Public Lending Right
nVerleihrecht nt, → Anspruch mauf Leihbücherei-Tantiemen
public life
public limited company
n (Brit) → Aktiengesellschaft f

public

:
public money
public nuisance
public opinion
public opinion poll
public ownership
nstaatlicher Besitz; under or in publicin staatlichem Besitz; to take something (back) into publicetw (wieder) verstaatlichen, etw (wieder) in Staatsbesitz überführen
public property
n
(fig) to be public (person) → im Rampenlicht der Öffentlichkeit stehen; (private life) → Allgemeingut sein; intimate aspects of her personal life had been made publicintime Aspekte ihres Privatlebens waren allgemein bekannt geworden
public prosecutor
nStaatsanwalt m/-anwältin f
public prosecutor’s office
public purse
nStaatskasse f, → Staatssäckel m (inf)
Public Record(s) Office
n (Brit) → Nationalarchiv nt, → ˜ Bundeszentralarchiv nt (Ger)
public relations
n pl or singPublic Relations pl, → Öffentlichkeitsarbeit f
public relations officer
nÖffentlichkeitsarbeiter(in) m(f)
public school
n (Brit) → Privatschule f, → Public School f; (US) → staatliche Schule
public schoolboy
n (Brit) → Schüler meiner Privatschule
public schoolgirl
n (Brit) → Schülerin feiner Privatschule
public sector
adj attrdes öffentlichen Sektors; public borrowingAnleihe fdes öffentlichen Sektors, staatliche Kreditaufnahme; public borrowing requirementKreditbedarf mder öffentlichen Hand
public securities
n (Fin) → Staatspapiere pl
public servant
nArbeitnehmer(in) m(f)im öffentlichen Dienst
public service
n (Civil Service) → öffentlicher Dienst; (facility: = water, transport etc) → öffentlicher Dienstleistungsbetrieb; (= benefit)Dienst man der Allgemeinheit
public service broadcasting
public-service television
public service vehicle
public speaker
nRedner(in) m(f)
public speaking
nRedenhalten nt; a course in publicein Rednerlehrgang m; I’m no good at publicich kann nicht in der Öffentlichkeit reden
public spending
nAusgaben plder öffentlichen Hand
public spirit
nGemeinsinn m
public-spirited
adj act, attitudegemeinsinnig (geh), → von Gemeinschaftssinn zeugend attr; it’s not very public of them to …es spricht nicht gerade für ihren Gemeinschaftssinn, dass sie …
public television
public utility
nöffentlicher Versorgungsbetrieb
public works

public

[ˈpʌblɪk]
1. adj (gen) → pubblico/a (Comm) (industry) → statale
in the public interest → nel pubblico interesse
to be public knowledge → essere di pubblico dominio
he's a public figure, he's in public life → è un personaggio della vita pubblica
this place is too public to discuss it → c'è troppa gente qui per poterne discutere
to make sth public → render noto or di pubblico dominio qc
to be in the public eye → essere una persona molto in vista
her public support of → il suo aperto appoggio a
to create more public awareness (of) → focalizzare l'attenzione del pubblico (su)
to go public (Comm) → immettere le azioni sul mercato
2. n the publicil pubblico
in public → in pubblico
the sporting/reading public → il pubblico sportivo/dei lettori

public

(ˈpablik) adjective
of, for, or concerning, the people (of a community or nation) in general. a public library; a public meeting; Public opinion turned against him; The public announcements are on the back page of the newspaper; This information should be made public and not kept secret any longer.
ˈpublicly adverb
puˈblicity (-ˈblisə-) noun
1. advertising. There is a lot of publicity about the dangers of smoking.
2. the state of being widely known. Film stars usually like publicity.
ˈpublicize, ˈpublicise (-saiz) verb
to make widely known; to advertise. We are publicizing a new product.
public holiday
a day on which all (or most) shops, offices and factories are closed for a holiday.
public house (usually abbreviated to pub (pab) )
a house where alcoholic drinks are sold to the public.
public relations (also PR)
the attitude, understanding etc between a firm, government etc and the public.
ˌpublic ˈservice anˌnouncement noun
(especially American) an announcement on television or radio given as a service to the public.
public spirit
a desire to do things for the good of the community.
ˌpublic-ˈspirited adjective
public transport
the bus, tram and train services provided by a state or community for the public.
in public
in front of other people, not in private. They are always quarrelling in public.
the public
people in general. This swimming pool is open to the public every day.
public opinion poll
a way of finding out public opinion by questioning a certain number of people.

the public is singular: The public is entitled to know the facts .

public

العَامَّة, عَامّ veřejnost, veřejný offentlig, offentlighed öffentlich, Öffentlichkeit δημόσιος, κοινό público julkinen, yleisö public javni, javnost pubblico 公衆, 公衆の 공공의, 대중 openbaar, publiek allmennhet, offentlig publiczność, publiczny público общественность, общественный allmän, allmänheten เกี่ยวข้องกับสาธารณชน, สาธารณชน halk, kamu công cộng, quần chúng 公众, 公众的

public

a. público-a.

public

adj público
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Indeed he is," agreed Ned, making a mental resolve not to be so public with his thoughts in the future.
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And now -- because, beyond my deserts, I was happy enough to find a listener or two on the former occasion -- I again seize the public by the button, and talk of my three years' experience in a Custom-House.
I forthwith expressed that the proper as well as the pleasant and friendly thing would be therefore that on the arrival of the public conveyance I should be in waiting for him with his little sister; an idea in which Mrs.
My gifted relative has made her first appearance in public, and has laid the foundation of our future fortunes.