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noun public pronunciation in British English /ˈpʌblɪk/
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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 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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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