Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
public

pub·lic

public

 
 
pronunciation:
puh blihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
phrases:
in public
features:
Word Builder
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, for, or pertaining to all members of a community; not private.
a public building
synonyms:
common, communal
antonyms:
personal, private, privileged, restricted
similar words:
civil, social, societal
definition 2: connected with or serving the people or government.
public office
synonyms:
civic, governmental, political
antonyms:
private
similar words:
common, communal, federal, local, municipal, national, state
definition 3: shared by or open to all.
a public meeting
synonyms:
common, free, open
antonyms:
private, privileged, secret
similar words:
accessible, available, general, mass, shared, unrestricted
definition 4: known by all.
synonyms:
conspicuous, famous, prominent, renowned, well-known
antonyms:
obscure, unknown
similar words:
common, general, known, popular, universal, widespread
definition 5: carried out in public.
a public display of affection
antonyms:
covert, isolated, private
similar words:
political, popular
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a community of people as a whole.
synonyms:
citizenry, commonwealth, community, country, nation, people, tribe
similar words:
folk, masses, populace, population, society
definition 2: a specified category of people, esp. those sharing a common interest.
the car-buying public
synonyms:
audience, populace, population
similar words:
market
phrase: in public
Word Builder: public +
  • publicly:
    in the presence of many people; in public.