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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. Of or belonging to the people: pertaining to a community or a nation: general: common to all: generally known.
  13. The people: the general body of mankind: the people, indefinitely.
  14. Pertaining to the community; common; generally known.
  15. The people.
  16. Pertaining to the public at large; open to all; well- known.
  17. The people collectively.
  18. 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.
  19. The general body of a nation; the people indefinitely.
  20. Pert. to a state or community; extending to a whole people; not private; common; open to all.
  21. The people at large; the many; the people indefinitely.
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Usage examples for public

  1. 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
  2. The ring was in a hall back of a public house. – The Boy Scout and Other Stories for Boys by Richard Harding Davis
  3. 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
  4. What do you mean by a " public"? – Confessions of a Young Man by George Moore
  5. " No, not in the public room. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  6. The public consciousness had never before faced the problem in such a way. – The Social Work of the Salvation Army by Edwin Gifford Lamb
  7. Or: " Because Adam was their public head." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  8. 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
  9. Don't appear ter hev much speech with me in public. – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  10. I don't think the public would look at either just now. – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss
  11. 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
  12. I will put in as much as there is any need for the public to know. – Rosmerholm by Henrik Ibsen
  13. To become a public- health nurse. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  14. The public firmly warned off- so to speak. – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  15. When did I first sing in public? – Famous Prima Donnas by Lewis Clinton Strang
  16. In front of her was a public- house. – A Mummer's Wife by George Moore
  17. My days of public service are nearly at an end. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  18. You never could be sure of him at a public meeting. – Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh by George W. Foote
  19. There is no reason whatever for a woman in your position knowing anything about public affairs. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
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