of, relating to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole:
public funds; a public nuisance.
done, made, acting, etc., for the community as a whole:
public prosecution.
open to all persons:
a public meeting.
of, relating to, or being in the service of a community or nation, especially as a government officer:
a public official.
maintained at the public expense and under public control:
a public library; a public road.
generally known:
The fact became public.
familiar to the public; prominent:
public figures.
open to the view of all; existing or conducted in public:
a public dispute.
pertaining or devoted to the welfare or well-being of the community:
public spirit.
of or relating to all humankind; universal.
the people constituting a community, state, or nation.
a particular group of people with a common interest, aim, etc.:
the book-buying public.
British Informal. a tavern; public house.
go public,

to issue stock for sale to the general public.
to present private or previously concealed information, news, etc., to the public; make matters open to public view:
The senator threatened to go public with his congressional-reform plan.

in public, not in private; in a situation open to public view or access; publicly:
It was the first time that she had sung in public.
make public, to cause to become known generally, as through the news media:
Her resignation was made public this morning.
of, relating to, or concerning the people as a whole
open or accessible to all: public gardens
performed or made openly or in the view of all: public proclamation
(prenominal) well-known or familiar to people in general: a public figure
(usually prenominal) maintained at the expense of, serving, or for the use of a community: a public library
open, acknowledged, or notorious: a public scandal
go public

(of a private company) to issue shares for subscription by the public
to reveal publicly hitherto confidential information

the community or people in general
a part or section of the community grouped because of a common interest, activity, etc: the racing public

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