public

Something that affects the entire community — whether it's your town, your country, or the world — is public. Climate change, for example, is a public concern, as is finding a clean public bathroom.

You can use the word public as a noun, when you're talking about a large group of people. You might say that the public is getting tired of the inefficient bus system in your city, or that the new library branch is open to the public. The adjective public is good for discussing things that concern everyone. The Latin root word, publicus, means "of the people, of the state, common, or ordinary."

Definitions of public
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adj not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole

“the public good”
public libraries”
public funds”
public parks”
“a public scandal”
public gardens”
“performers and members of royal families are public figures”
Synonyms:
exoteric
suitable for the general public
open, overt
open and observable; not secret or hidden
in the public eye
of great interest to the public
national
owned or maintained for the public by the national government
open
open to or in view of all
semipublic
having some of the features of public institution
state-supported
supported and operated by the government of a state
unexclusive, unrestricted
accessible to all
Antonyms:
private
confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
esoteric
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
personal
concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality
clannish, cliquish, clubby, snobbish, snobby
befitting or characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior
cloistered, reclusive, secluded, sequestered
providing privacy or seclusion
close
confined to specific persons
closed-door
not open to the public
confidential, secret
(of information) given in confidence or in secret
confidential
entrusted with private information and the confidence of another
insular
suggestive of the isolated life of an island
nonpublic
not invested with or related to prominent position or status etc.
backstage, offstage
concealed from public view or attention
one-on-one
directly between two individuals
privy, secluded, secret
hidden from general view or use
semiprivate
confined to a small number of hospital patients
head-to-head, tete-a-tete
involving two persons; intimately private
toffee-nosed
snobbish; pretentiously superior
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adj affecting the people or community as a whole

“the public welfare”
Synonyms:
common
belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public

n people in general considered as a whole

“he is a hero in the eyes of the public
Synonyms:
populace, world
Types:
admass
the segment of the public that is easily influenced by mass media (chiefly British)
Type of:
people
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

n a body of people sharing some common interest

“the reading public
Type of:
body
a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

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