in public

public

[puhb-lik]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole: public funds; a public nuisance.
2.
done, made, acting, etc., for the community as a whole: public prosecution.
3.
open to all persons: a public meeting.
4.
of, pertaining to, or being in the service of a community or nation, especially as a government officer: a public official.
5.
maintained at the public expense and under public control: a public library; a public road.
6.
generally known: The fact became public.
7.
familiar to the public; prominent: public figures.
8.
open to the view of all; existing or conducted in public: a public dispute.
9.
pertaining or devoted to the welfare or well-being of the community: public spirit.
10.
of or pertaining to all humankind; universal.
noun
11.
the people constituting a community, state, or nation.
12.
a particular group of people with a common interest, aim, etc.: the book-buying public.
13.
British Informal. a tavern; public house.
Idioms
14.
go public,
a.
to issue stock for sale to the general public.
b.
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.
15.
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.
16.
make public, to cause to become known generally, as through the news media: Her resignation was made public this morning.

Origin:
1400–50; < Latin pūblicus (earlier pōblicus, pōplicus, akin to populus people); replacing late Middle English publique < Middle French < Latin, as above

nonpublic, adjective
quasi-public, adjective
quasi-publicly, adverb
unpublic, adjective
unpublicly, adverb

pubic, public.
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public (ˈpʌblɪk)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or concerning the people as a whole
2.  open or accessible to all: public gardens
3.  performed or made openly or in the view of all: public proclamation
4.  (prenominal) well-known or familiar to people in general: a public figure
5.  (usually prenominal) maintained at the expense of, serving, or for the use of a community: a public library
6.  open, acknowledged, or notorious: a public scandal
7.  go public
 a.  (of a private company) to issue shares for subscription by the public
 b.  to reveal publicly hitherto confidential information
 
n
8.  the community or people in general
9.  a part or section of the community grouped because of a common interest, activity, etc: the racing public
 
[C15: from Latin pūblicus, changed from pōplicus of the people, from populus people]

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Word Origin & History

public
1436, "pertaining to the people," from O.Fr. public (1311), from L. publicus, altered (by influence of L. pubes "adult population, adult") from Old L. poplicus "pertaining to the people," from populus "people." Meaning "open to all in the community" is from 1542. The noun meaning "the community" is attested
from 1611. Public enemy is attested from 1756. Public relations first recorded 1913 (after an isolated use by Thomas Jefferson in 1807); abbreviation P.R. is from 1942. Public school is from 1580, originally, in Britain, a grammar school endowed for the benefit of the public, but most have evolved into boarding-schools for the well-to-do. The main modern meaning in U.S., "school (usually free) provided at public expense and run by local authorities," is attested from 1644. For public house, see pub.
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Idioms & Phrases

in public

Openly, open to public view or access. For example, They've never appeared together in public. [c. 1450] For an antonym, see in private.

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