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adjective [usually before noun] public pronunciation in British English /ˈpʌblɪk/
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  1. 1
    available for people in general to use
    public transport
    a public library
    the city’s attractive public spaces
    1. a.
      involving a lot of people, or involving people in general
      There has been a public outcry about her imprisonment.
      The scheme has a lot of public support.
      a public nuisance/hazard
  2. 2
    owned by the government, not by a private company
    The damage was restored using public money.
    public organizations
  3. 3
    relating to the part of your life that people in general know about, for example your work, rather than your life at home
    She keeps her public and private lives very separate.
    1. a.
      used about things that most people know about because they are not private or secret
      a very public display of unity
      make something public (=tell everyone about it): the decision to make the results public
    2. b.
      used about places and situations where other people might see or hear you
      Can we go somewhere a little less public?


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