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noun [singular/uncountable] public interest pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    the fact that the public has a right to know about something because it affects them

    Ministers should be willing to answer questions on matters of genuine public interest.

    in the public interest:

    Companies have to show that they are acting in the public interest.

  2. 2
    the fact that people in general are interested in something

    Several concerts were cancelled because of a lack of public interest.


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