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public service

noun
     
Related topics: Economics, Government
public service
1 [countable usually plural]PE a service, such as transport or health care, that a government provides:
efforts to improve quality in public services
2 [uncountable and countable] 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.

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