public - definition and synonyms


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  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 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.