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public relations

noun
1.
(used with a plural verb) the actions of a corporation, store, government, individual, etc., in promoting goodwill between itself and the public, the community, employees, customers, etc.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the art, technique, or profession of promoting such goodwill.
Origin of public relations
1800-1810
1800-10
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  • He recommended a public relations campaign at Montford Point to improve the corps' image.

  • He was a public relations man to the core—but right now he was off duty.

    PRoblem Alan Edward Nourse
  • Contacted Art Hammet, the public relations representative, who was occupying the desk in the outer office of the chief.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • What needs to be done centrally is public relations and education.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • I was almost tempted to hire him for my public relations staff.

    Backlash Winston Marks
British Dictionary definitions for public relations

public relations

noun (functioning as singular or pl)
1.
  1. the practice of creating, promoting, or maintaining goodwill and a favourable image among the public towards an institution, public body, etc
  2. the methods and techniques employed
  3. (as modifier): the public relations industry
2.
the condition of the relationship between an organization and the public
3.
the professional staff employed to create, promote, or maintain a favourable relationship between an organization and the public
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