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public service

noun
1.
the business of supplying an essential commodity, as gas or electricity, or a service, as transportation, to the general public.
2.
government employment; civil service.
3.
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.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70
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  • Most of us went on to useful employment in education or public service.
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  • Thirty performances are held yearly in formal concert, public service and workshop settings.
  • Now there are moves afoot to buy it from its private owners so that the boat may be returned to public service.
  • Anyone that believes the rampant sensationalism of popular media should be shot as a public service.
  • Now, here's the public service message portion of this show.
  • He has displayed this remarkable trait throughout his whole life, whether in private walks or in the public service.
  • It is certainly not pleasing to be put out of the public service.
  • First, though, some public service: a beach cleanup.
  • Few careers in public service have been as selfless.
British Dictionary definitions for public service

public service

noun
1.
  1. government employment
  2. the management and administration of the affairs of a political unit, esp the civil service
2.
  1. a service provided for the community: buses provide a public service
  2. (as modifier): a public-service announcement
3.
(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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