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public - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'public' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Public [ a.]
- 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.
- Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
- Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house.
2 . Public [ n.]
- 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.
- A public house; an inn.

Meaning of 'public' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . public [ n]
Meaning (1):
- people in general considered as a whole
Example in sentence:
  • he is a hero in the eyes of the public
Meaning (2):
- a body of people sharing some common interest
Example in sentence:
  • the reading public
3 . public [ a]
Meaning (3):
- not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole
Example in sentence:
  • a public scandal;
  • performers and members of royal families are public figures;
  • public funds;
  • public gardens;
  • public libraries;
  • public parks;
  • the public good
4 . public [ s]
Meaning (4):
- affecting the people or community as a whole
Example in sentence:
  • community interests;
  • community leaders;
  • the public welfare