public

I. public pub‧lic 1 [ˈpʌblɪk] noun
the public ordinary people who do not belong to the government or have any special position in society:

• An offer for the sale of shares to the general public was planned for early next year.

• The privatisation was carried out against the wishes of the public.

• Companies that take significant sums of money from members of the public before providing goods are in a special position of trust.

  [m0] II. public public 2 adjective
1. connected with all the ordinary people in a country, who are not members of the government or do not have important jobs:

• The law was changed as the result of public pressure.

2. available for anyone to use:

• a public telephone

3. connected with the government and with the services it provides for people:

• 55% of university funding in Britain comes from public money.

• We do not believe he is fit for public office (= the job of being part of a government ) .

4. known about by most people:

• The report will be made public (= told to everyone ) in mid-January.

• The membership of the Board was public knowledge.

5. intended for anyone to know, see, or hear:

• Demands for a public investigation have been ignored.

— publicly adverb :

• It is time for multinational companies publicly to acknowledge that they have not always acted properly.

6. go public FINANCE to become a public company (= a company that has shares owned by the public):

• Investors expected the share price to rise steeply after the company went public.

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public UK US /ˈpʌblɪk/ adjective
relating to ordinary people in general, rather than being limited to a particular group only: »

Proper archiving and preservation will ensure permanent public access to government information.

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They are trying to get public support for their takeover bid.

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public opinion/confidence/trust

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Senior politicians have been accused of failing to act in the public interest.

GOVERNMENT relating to the government and to the services it provides to people: »

She has said repeatedly that she would not seek public office again.

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Why should public money be pumped into companies geared to profit?

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The OECD is encouraging member states to keep a watchful eye on public finances, in part by encouraging more efficiency in the health care system of individual countries.

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public services/funding/spending

known about by people in general: »

The retailer has been working to improve its public image in the face of ongoing criticism.

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The question of bonus payments to bankers has been the subject of much public discussion in recent times.

available for anyone to hear, watch, go to, or be involved in: »

The company is holding a public meeting tonight to describe the proposal to residents.

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a public inquiry/investigation/hearing

available for everyone to use: »

a public telephone/library

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public transport

STOCK MARKET, FINANCE available to be bought by everyone, not just by people who are already shareholders: »

Class A shares may be purchased at the public offering price.

go public — Cf. go public
in public — Cf. in public
make (sth) public — Cf. make sth public
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public UK US /ˈpʌblɪk/ noun
the public — Cf. the public
the viewing/voting/investing, etc. public — Cf. the voting/investing public

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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