public

1. (noun) A group that shares a common idea, interest or ideology.

Example: The viewing public in relation to television watching.

2. (noun) The group affected by a policy.

Example: Students that must pay a tuition increase.

3. (noun) A community or people in general.

Example: The residents of a city.

4. (adjective) Concerning or relating to people considered as whole.

Example: The public at large or the public good.

5. (adjective) Accessible and open to all people.

Example: A public forum or public gardens.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: publics

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