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public company

noun, British.
a company that has more than 50 shareholders and whose shares are offered for public subscription.
Compare private company. Unabridged
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  • We have another name to add that most rarefied group of public-company CEOs in America: the $1 Club.

    The $1 Club Paul Kedrosky January 30, 2009
British Dictionary definitions for public-company

public company

a limited company whose shares may be purchased by the public and traded freely on the open market and whose share capital is not less than a statutory minimum; public limited company Compare private company
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public-company in Culture

public company definition

A company that sells shares in itself to the public to raise capital. When a previously privately owned company offers shares, it is said to “go public.”

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