pub|lic1 W1S1 [ˈpʌblık] adj
1¦(ordinary people)¦
2¦(for anyone)¦
4¦(known about)¦
5¦(not hidden)¦
6¦(place with a lot of people)¦
7 public life
8 public image
9 go public
10 public appearance
11 public property
12 public enemy number one
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: publique, from Latin publicus, probably from poplicus, from populus 'people'; influenced by pubes 'adult' ( PUBES)]
1.) ¦(ORDINARY PEOPLE)¦ [only before noun]
relating to all the ordinary people in a country, who are not members of the government or do not have important jobs
We have to show that publishing this story is in the public interest (=helpful or useful to ordinary people) .
Public opinion is gradually shifting in favor of the imprisoned men.
There was a public outcry (=display of anger by a lot of people) about the shooting.
2.) ¦(FOR ANYONE)¦ [only before noun]
available for anyone to use
≠ ↑private
a public telephone
a public footpath
proposals to ban smoking in public places
a public library
full public access to information
public transport
BrE /public transportation
AmE (=buses, trains etc)
3.) ¦(GOVERNMENT)¦ [only before noun]
relating to the government and the services it provides for people
≠ ↑private
the Government's public spending plans
We do not believe he is fit for public office (=a job in the government) .
efforts to control public expenditure
public funding for the arts
known about by most people
Details of the highly sensitive information have not been made public .
It is a job that brings him constantly into the public eye (=seen or heard a lot on television, radio etc) .
Although not a public figure (=famous person) , he was a man of great influence.
5.) ¦(NOT HIDDEN)¦
intended for anyone to know, see, or hear
≠ ↑private
Today the school finds itself in the midst of a very public debate.
public display of grief/affection etc
(=showing your emotions so that everyone can see)
She was acutely embarrassed by his public display of temper.
There will be a public inquiry into the sinking of the oil tanker.
a fear of public speaking
a public place usually has a lot of people in it
≠ ↑private
Let's go somewhere less public where we can talk.
7.) public life
work that you do, especially for the government, that makes you well-known to many people
Howard seems to have retired from public life.
8.) public image
the public image of a famous person or organization is the character or attitudes that most people think they have
public image of
attempts to improve the public image of the police
9.) go public
a) to tell everyone about something that was secret
go public on/with
The planners are almost ready to go public on the road-building scheme.
b) to become a ↑public company
Many partnerships went public in the 1980s to secure extra capital.
10.) public appearance
a visit by a famous person in order to make a speech, advertise something etc
She is paid £10,000 for the briefest of public appearances.
11.) public property
a) something that is provided for anyone to use, and is usually owned by the government
The army was called out to protect public property.
b) something that everyone has a right to know about
Our lives seem to have become public property.
12.) public enemy number one
the criminal, problem etc that is considered the most serious threat to people's safety
Drugs have become public enemy number one.
public 2
public2 W2S2 n
1.) the public [also + plural verb British English]
ordinary people who do not work for the government or have any special position in society
The meeting will be open to the general public .
Police warned members of the public not to approach the man, who may be armed.
On the whole, the public are conservative about education.
2.) in public
if you do something in public, you do it where anyone can see
in private
Her husband was always nice to her in public.
wash/air your dirty linen/laundry (in public) atdirty1 (7)
3.) [singular, U also + plural verb British English]
the people who like a particular singer, writer etc
He is adored by his public.
The theatre-going public are very demanding.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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