the business of supplying an essential commodity, as gas or electricity, or a service, as transportation, to the general public.
government employment; civil service.
a service to the public rendered without charge by a profit-making organization:
This radio program has been brought to you as a public service.
public service

government employment
the management and administration of the affairs of a political unit, esp the civil service


a service provided for the community: buses provide a public service
(as modifier): a public-service announcement

(Austral & NZ) the service responsible for the public administration of the government of a country. It excludes the legislative, judicial, and military branches. Members of the public service have no official political allegiance and are not generally affected by changes of governments British equivalent civil service

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