Associations to the word «Public»


PUBLIC, adjective. Able to be seen or known by everyone; open to general view, happening without concealment. [from 14th c.]
PUBLIC, adjective. Pertaining to all the people as a whole (as opposed a private group); concerning the whole country, community etc. [from 15th c.]
PUBLIC, adjective. Officially representing the community; carried out or funded by the state on behalf of the community. [from 15th c.]
PUBLIC, adjective. Open to all members of a community; especially, provided by national or local authorities and supported by money from taxes. [from 15th c.]
PUBLIC, adjective. (of a company) Traded publicly via a stock market.
PUBLIC, noun. The people in general, regardless of membership of any particular group.
PUBLIC, noun. (archaic) A public house; an inn.
PUBLIC ACCESS, noun. A shortened form of the term public access television
PUBLIC ACCESS, noun. Media production technology and distribution methods made available to community producers and viewers, allowing them to participate in the local, national, and global electronic common areas that include, but are not limited to television, radio and the internet.
PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION, noun. A segment of the PEG (short for public, educational, and government access) television model of local cable television production. It provides training and access to media production technology and distribution methods so that community producers and viewers may participate.
PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM, noun. An electronic voice-amplification apparatus, usually containing a set of two loudspeakers and a central control unit, used for singing, giving a speech, play-by-play commentary at events, or broadcasting in public areas.
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, noun. (legal) (public policy) Payment made to disadvantaged persons by government in order to alleviate the burdens of poverty, unemployment, disability, old age, etc.
PUBLIC AUTHORITIES, noun. The plural of public authority
PUBLIC AUTHORITIES, noun. (plurale tantum) The whole of such public authorities, the governmental administration in the widest sense
PUBLIC AUTHORITY, noun. Any authority which has a legal mandate to govern, administrate a part or aspect of public life, such as all branches of the executive power of a state, province, municipality etc.
PUBLIC AUTHORITY, noun. In a wider sense also various chartered organisations holding their authority from the above without being run by public officials
PUBLIC COMMENT, noun. (politics) (legal) Input given by the public to governmental (or rarely other) bodies, about proposed legislation or regulation(s), during a period—and by means—set aside and prescribed by law.
PUBLIC COMMENT, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see public,‎ comment.
PUBLIC COMMENTS, noun. Plural of public comment
PUBLIC DOMAIN, noun. The realm of intellectual property which is not protected by patents or copyright, i.e. over which no person or other legal entity can establish a proprietary interest.
PUBLIC DOMAIN, noun. Open land such as unowned prairie in the western and southwestern United States; space not subject to a land patent.
PUBLIC ENEMIES, noun. Plural of public enemy
PUBLIC ENEMY, noun. A criminal widely regarded as dangerous or antisocial.
PUBLIC EYE, noun. (idiomatic) (almost always preceded by the) The focus of public attention, the limelight.
PUBLIC FIGURE, noun. A famous person whose life is the subject of public interest.
PUBLIC FIGURES, noun. Plural of public figure
PUBLIC FINANCE, noun. A field of economics concerned with paying for collective or governmental activities, and with the administration and design of those activities
PUBLIC GOOD, noun. The general welfare of the people; the best interests of the community.
PUBLIC GOOD, noun. (economics) A good that is non-rivalrous and non-excludable.
PUBLIC HEALTH, noun. (medicine) The science and practice of community hygiene; includes preventive medicine, health education, sanitation and environmental safety.
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, proper noun. The Public Health Service is a major division of the Department of Health and Human Services dedicated to promoting the public health of the United States.
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE COMMISSIONED CORPS, proper noun. The Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is the uniformed service of the Public Health Service and organized under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHS Corps) is one of the seven United States Uniformed Services. The Surgeon General of the United States, a vice admiral, directs the PHS Corps, which provides licensed medical and health sciences professionals to the PHS, DHHS, other United States Uniformed Services and other government agencies.
PUBLIC HEARING, noun. A judicial hearing which anyone may attend, as opposed to a private hearing.
PUBLIC HEARING, noun. A meeting to hear public opinions on any issue; a meeting where members of the public hear the facts about any issue and give their opinions about it.
PUBLIC HISTORIAN, noun. A professional who works in the field of public history.
PUBLIC HISTORIANS, noun. Plural of public historian
PUBLIC HISTORY, noun. The broad range of activities undertaken by people with some training in the discipline of history who generally work outside of specialized academic settings.
PUBLIC HOLIDAY, noun. A national or regional holiday from work on a specific day, usually for cultural reasons or celebrations.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, noun. Plural of public holiday
PUBLIC HOUSE, noun. (chiefly British) An establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed on or off the premises; they often provide meals and sometimes accommodation.
PUBLIC HOUSES, noun. Plural of public house
PUBLIC HOUSING, noun. Rental accommodation subsidised by public funds and provided for disadvantaged groups such as low-income earners, social-security recipients, the elderly and people with disabilities.
PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL, noun. (idiomatic) A well-known, intelligent, learned person whose written works and other social and cultural contributions are recognized not only by academic audiences and readers, but also by many members of society in general.
PUBLIC INTEREST, noun. Common good.
PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW, noun. (international law) the law concerning the conduct of nations and international organisations.
PUBLIC INTOXICATION, noun. (legal) The criminal offence of being drunk in a public place.
PUBLIC KEY, noun. The public one of the two keys used in asymmetric cryptography.
PUBLIC KEY CERTIFICATE, noun. (computing) a certificate which uses a digital signature to bind together a public key with an identity — used to verify that a public key belongs to an individual
PUBLIC KEY CERTIFICATES, noun. Plural of public key certificate
PUBLIC KEY CRYPTOGRAPHY, noun. The subfield of cryptography in which all information used to encode a message is assumed to be publicly available.
PUBLIC KEYS, noun. Plural of public key
PUBLIC LAW, noun. (legal) A category of law governing the relationship between the state on one hand and persons (citizens or legal persons including corporations) on the other. Constitutional law, administrative law and criminal law are some of the major subdivisions of public law.
PUBLIC LIBRARY, noun. A library provided essentially as a public service rather than as a commercial venture.
PUBLIC LIFE, noun. The aspects of social life which occur in public, in the open, as opposed to more private social interaction within families, private clubs, etc.
PUBLIC LIFE, noun. Politics, as in the profession of being a politician.
PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANIES, noun. Plural of public limited company
PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY, noun. A publicly traded limited liability company in the United Kingdom and some other jurisdictions.
PUBLIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, noun. A type or form of for-profit incorporated company where ownership is divided into shares that are publicly tradeable usually in a stock exchange.
PUBLIC OFFICE, noun. A position or occupation established by law or by the act of a government body, for the purpose of exercising the authority of the government in the service of the public.
PUBLIC OFFICER, noun. One who holds public office; an official or employee of the government.
PUBLIC OFFICERS, noun. Plural of public officer
PUBLIC OFFICES, noun. Plural of public office
PUBLIC OPINION, noun. The opinion of the public, the popular view.
PUBLIC OPINIONS, noun. Plural of public opinion
PUBLIC OWNERSHIP, noun. (economics) ownership of an industry by the people or the state; nationalisation
PUBLIC POLICIES, noun. Plural of public policy
PUBLIC POLICY, noun. (legal) The set of policies (laws, plans, actions, behaviors) of a government; plans and methods of action that govern that society; a system of laws, courses of action, and priorities directing a government action.
PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, noun. Alternative form of public-private partnership
PUBLIC PROPERTY, noun. Property, assets or information directly owned by or under the control of the state.
PUBLIC PURSE, noun. Money collected or controlled by the government or taxpayers meant for public use.
PUBLIC PURSES, noun. Plural of public purse
PUBLIC RECORD, noun. (uncountable) Information that has been filed with or recorded by a government agency.
PUBLIC RECORD, adjective. Being a matter of public record (see above); being in the public record.
PUBLIC RELATIONS, noun. Communication by a person or an organization with the purpose of creating a favorable public image; commonly referred to as PR.
PUBLIC SCHOOL, noun. (UK) (Ireland) Certain private schools, particularly (initially) any grammar school operated apart from the personal lands of its students or (from the 19th century) the fee-paying secondary schools which developed from or were modelled upon them; a British boarding school
PUBLIC SCHOOL, noun. (obsolete) A college or university
PUBLIC SCHOOL, noun. (North America) (Australia) (New Zealand) (South Africa) (formerly Scottish) A publicly funded and administered school; (UK) (Ireland) such schools in the context of other countries
PUBLIC SCHOOLS, noun. Plural of public school
PUBLIC SECTOR, noun. Any government and all entities that are controlled or funded by it and deliver public services.
PUBLIC SECTOR, noun. The area of the nation's affairs under governmental rather than private control.
PUBLIC SECTOR, noun. Industries or services provided or funded by the government.
PUBLIC SECTOR, adjective. Of or relating to a public sector.
PUBLIC SECTORS, noun. Plural of public sector
PUBLIC SERVANT, noun. (now historical) Someone who labours for the public good; a convict assigned to work on public projects. [from 16th c.]
PUBLIC SERVANT, noun. A person employed by the government; a civil servant. [from 17th c.]
PUBLIC SERVANTS, noun. Plural of public servant
PUBLIC SERVICE, noun. (US) A service asserted to be for the public good provided by a for-profit enterprise or trade association.
PUBLIC SERVICE, noun. (UK) A service, usually provided by the government, for the general public or its specific section.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, noun. An advertisement intended to change the public interest by raising awareness of an issue, affecting public attitudes and potentially stimulating action.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS, noun. Plural of public service announcement
PUBLIC SERVICES, noun. Plural of public service
PUBLIC SPEAKING, noun. Act of speaking to a group of people in a structured manner
PUBLIC SPEAKING, noun. Oratory (art of public speaking)
PUBLIC TELEPHONE, noun. (This entry is here for translation purposes only.)
PUBLIC TRANSIT, noun. (US) Public transport.
PUBLIC TRANSITS, noun. Plural of public transit
PUBLIC TRANSPORT, noun. (UK) (AU) (NZ) Any form of transport that can be used by a member of public (usually for a fee); as opposed to private ownership of e.g. cars.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, noun. (US) Public transport.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATIONS, noun. Plural of public transportation
PUBLIC TRANSPORTS, noun. Plural of public transport
PUBLIC TRUSTEE, noun. A public office which acts as a trustee, usually when a sum is required to be deposited as security by legislation, when courts remove another trustee, or for estates where either no executor is named by will or the testator elects wishes to appoint one.
PUBLIC TRUSTEES, noun. Plural of public trustee
PUBLIC WOMAN, noun. A female prostitute.
PUBLIC WORKS, noun. Technical projects, often construction or engineering, carried out by the government on behalf of the community.

Dictionary definition

PUBLIC, noun. People in general considered as a whole; "he is a hero in the eyes of the public".
PUBLIC, noun. A body of people sharing some common interest; "the reading public".
PUBLIC, adjective. 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".
PUBLIC, adjective. Affecting the people or community as a whole; "community leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare".

Wise words

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
John Locke