2 noun
public2 S2 W2

the public

[also + plural verb British English] ordinary people who do not work for the government or have any special position in society:
The meeting will be open to the general public.
Police warned members of the public not to approach the man, who may be armed.
On the whole, the public are conservative about education.

in public

if you do something in public, you do it where anyone can see [≠ in private]:
Her husband was always nice to her in public.

➔ wash/air your dirty linen/laundry (in public)

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3 [singular, U also + plural verb British English]AP the people who like a particular singer, writer etc:
He is adored by his public.
The theatre-going public are very demanding.

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