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Definition of public noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    ordinary people
  1. 1the public ordinary people in society in general The museum is now open to the public. There have been many complaints from members of the public. The public has a right to know what is contained in the report. see also general public
  2. group of people
  3. 2a group of people who share a particular interest or who are involved in the same activity the theater-going public She knows how to keep her public (= for example, the people who buy her books) satisfied.
  4. Idioms when other people, especially people you do not know, are present She doesn't like to be seen in public without her makeup on. They never argue in public. compare in private
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