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noun public pronunciation in American English /ˈpʌblɪk/
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  1. the public

    people in general
    The house was opened to the public in the 1950s.
    The public wants tougher sentences for violent crimes.
    The regulations should be written in plain English that the public understands.
    the general public: Misconceptions about mental illness are common among the general public.
    a member of the public: The police should be trained to deal politely with members of the public.
    1. a.
      people of a particular type
      the British/American etc. public: It is clear that the attack did not have the support of the American public.
      the traveling/book-buying etc. public: The decision to add more flights at the airport was not in the best interests of the traveling public.



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