Definitions of public

  1. affecting the people or community as a whole; " community leaders"; " community interests"; " the public welfare"
  2. people in general considered as a whole; " he is a hero in the eyes of the public"
  3. 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"
  4. a body of people sharing some common interest; " the reading public"
  5. Of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; -- opposed to private; as, the public treasury.
  6. Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
  7. Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house.
  8. The general body of mankind, or of a nation, state, or community; the people, indefinitely; as, the American public; also, a particular body or aggregation of people; as, an author's public.
  9. A public house; an inn.
  10. Of or pertaining to the people at large; as, public property; open; generally known; common to all; open to general use.
  11. The people in general.
  12. Publicly.
  13. Of or belonging to the people: pertaining to a community or a nation: general: common to all: generally known.
  14. The people: the general body of mankind: the people, indefinitely.
  15. Pertaining to the community; common; generally known.
  16. The people.
  17. Pertaining to the public at large; open to all; well- known.
  18. The people collectively.
  19. Pertaining to a nation, state, or community; extending to a whole people; circulating among all classes; open to all; notorious; regarding the good of the community; open to common use.
  20. The general body of a nation; the people indefinitely.
  21. Pert. to a state or community; extending to a whole people; not private; common; open to all.
  22. The people at large; the many; the people indefinitely.

Usage examples for public

  1. My days of public service are nearly at an end. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  2. The public consciousness had never before faced the problem in such a way. – The Social Work of the Salvation Army by Edwin Gifford Lamb
  3. When did I first sing in public – Famous Prima Donnas by Lewis Clinton Strang
  4. To become a public health nurse. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  5. What do you mean by a " public – Confessions of a Young Man by George Moore
  6. There is no reason whatever for a woman in your position knowing anything about public affairs. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  7. I don't think the public would look at either just now. – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss
  8. He is not angry with me when I am quite alone with him and I talk of these things; only he has taught me to say nothing about it in public – A Very Naughty Girl by L. T. Meade
  9. The ring was in a hall back of a public house. – The Boy Scout and Other Stories for Boys by Richard Harding Davis
  10. In front of her was a public house. – A Mummer's Wife by George Moore
  11. You never could be sure of him at a public meeting. – Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh by George W. Foote
  12. The public firmly warned off- so to speak. – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  13. " No, not in the public room. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  14. Of what he felt upon this matter, Redmond at the time said not a word in public – John Redmond's Last Years by Stephen Gwynn
  15. But, do you know, for a moment or two I felt as if that little back street was beautiful, and the noise of the children and the men in the public house seemed to fit in with the sky and become part of it. – The House of Souls by Arthur Machen
  16. I will put in as much as there is any need for the public to know. – Rosmerholm by Henrik Ibsen
  17. He could get kind of used to it himself, and mebbe he thought the public could do as much. – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  18. I can truly say that pauvre inconnu as I then was, I had pretty nearly as high an idea of my works as I have at this moment, when the public has decided in their favor.... – Stories of Authors, British and American by Edwin Watts Chubb
  19. Don't appear ter hev much speech with me in public – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  20. Or: " Because Adam was their public head." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown