public Definition

  • 1relating to or involving people in general, rather than being limited to a particular group of people
  • 2open to or shared by all the people of an area or country

Using public: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "public" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company's financial records became public knowledge.

  • Example

    The park is open to the public from dawn until dusk.

  • Example

    The government has a responsibility to serve the public interest.

  • Example

    The artist's work is on public display at the museum.

public Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using public

  • in a situation where other people can see or hear what is happening


    She didn't want to argue with him in public.

  • to make something known to the general public, especially by issuing a statement or press release


    The company decided to go public with their plans for expansion.

  • a person or thing that is considered the greatest threat or danger to society


    After the terrorist attack, the suspect became public enemy number one.

Phrases with public

  • a system of buses, trains, etc. that is available for everyone to use and that is paid for by taxes


    I usually take public transportation to work.

  • the views held by the general public on a particular issue or topic


    Public opinion polls show that most people support the new law.

  • a person who is well-known to the general public, especially for their involvement in politics, entertainment, or sports


    As a public figure, she was used to being in the spotlight.

Origins of public

from Latin 'publicus', meaning 'of the people'


Summary: public in Brief

The term 'public' [ˈpʌblɪk] refers to things that are open to or involving people in general, rather than being limited to a particular group. It can refer to things like financial records, parks, and art displays, as well as concepts like public transportation and public opinion. Common idioms include 'in public,' 'go public,' and 'public enemy number one.'

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