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public service

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Economics, Government
public serviceˌpublic ˈservice noun 🔊 🔊 1 [countable usually plural]PE a service, such as transport or health care, that a government provides 🔊 efforts to improve quality in public services2 [countable, uncountable]PUBLIC/NOT PRIVATE a service provided to people because it will help them, and not for profit 🔊 Local TV stations ran the ads as a public service.3 [singular, uncountable]PG the government or its departments 🔊 staff cuts in the public service 🔊 He left the public service and embarked on a career in the City.
Examples from the Corpus
public serviceYou would have expected a convert to free market economics to have been equally scathing of both public service corporations.Essential public services are supported by property taxes.It should be anticipated that eventually the best qualified and experienced public service professionals will opt for some other line of work.It would be a great shame if young people such as Hu were discouraged from seeking careers in public service.a long career of public serviceThat might result in lawyers giving more time to public service.Broadcasters have been living up to public service obligations since 1934.This was particularly important for the hospitals, since now a unified public service could be provided.
From Longman Business Dictionarypublic serviceˌpublic ˈservice1[countable] a service that a government provides, such as the police, the health service etc and which is paid for by taxationHe must show a willingness to spend more on health, education and other public services.2[uncountable] the government and its departments18% of the college’s graduates intend to pursue careers in public service.3[countable] a service provided to people because it will help them, and is not for profitThe Postal Service is not a business, but a public service operating in a businesslike manner. service
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