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Meaning of PUBLIC

Pronunciation:  'publik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a body of people sharing some common interest; "the reading public"
  2. [n]  people in general considered as a whole; "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"
  3. [adj]  affecting the people or community as a whole; "community leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare"
  4. [adj]  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 is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: common, community(a), in the public eye(p), national, open, populace, semipublic, state, state-supported, unexclusive, unrestricted, world
 Antonyms: private
 See Also: admass, audience, body, exoteric, overt, people



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pub"lic\, a. [L. publicus, poblicus, fr. populus people:
    cf. F. public. See {People}.]
    1. 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.
             To the public good Private respects must yield.
             He [Alexander Hamilton] touched the dead corpse of
             the public credit, and it sprung upon its feet. --D.
    2. Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common;
       notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
             Joseph, . . . not willing to make her a public
             example, was minded to put her away privily. --Matt.
                                                   i. 19.
    3. Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public
       house. ``The public street.'' --Shak.
    {Public act} or {statute} (Law), an act or statute affecting
       matters of public concern. Of such statutes the courts
       take judicial notice.
    {Public credit}. See under {Credit}.
    {Public funds}. See {Fund}, 3.
    {Public house}, an inn, or house of entertainment.
    {Public law}.
       (a) See {International law}, under {International}.
       (b) A public act or statute.
    {Public nuisance}. (Law) See under {Nuisance}.
    {Public orator}. (Eng. Universities) See {Orator}, 3.
    {Public stores}, military and naval stores, equipments, etc.
    {Public works}, all fixed works built by civil engineers for
       public use, as railways, docks, canals, etc.; but
       strictly, military and civil engineering works constructed
       at the public cost.
  2. \Pub"lic\, n.
    1. 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.
             The public is more disposed to censure than to
             praise.                               --Addison.
    2. A public house; an inn. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott.
    {In public}, openly; before an audience or the people at
       large; not in private or secrecy. ``We are to speak in
       public.'' --Shak.