Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

public

 - definition
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun British English pronunciation: public /ˈpʌblɪk/
  1. the public

    people in general: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    The house was first opened to the public in the 1950s.

    The public wants tougher sentences for terrorists.

    The regulations should be written in plain English that the public understands.

    a member of the public:

    The police should be trained to deal politely with members of the public.

    the general public:

    Misconceptions about mental illness are common among the general public.

    1. a.
      people of a particular type: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
      the British/American etc public:

      It is clear that the attack did not have the support of the American public.

      the travelling/sporting/book-buying etc public:

      Privatizing the railways was not in the best interests of the travelling public.

phrases

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

threadbare

threadbare clothing, carpet, or cloth is very thin and almost has holes in it because it has been...

Open Dictionary

dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog