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certified public accountant

  • noun an accountant who has passed certain examinations and met all other statutory and licensing requirements of a United States state to be certified by that state
    CPA.
    • in addition to accounting and auditing, CPAs also prepare tax returns for individuals and corporations
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doctor of public health

  • noun a doctor's degree in preventive medicine
    DPH.
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Free public house

  • in England, a tavern not belonging to a brewer, so that the landlord is free to brew his own beer or purchase where he chooses. Simmonds.
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In public

  • adverb in a manner accessible to or observable by the public; openly
    publically; publicly.
    • she admitted publicly to being a communist
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  • openly; before an audience or the people at large; not in private or secrecy. "We are to speak in public."
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in the public domain

  • may be used by anyone wihout restriction.
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in the public eye

  • adjective satellite of great interest to the public
    • a person in the public eye
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initial public offering

  • noun a corporation's first offer to sell stock to the public
    IPO; initial offering.
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master in public affairs

  • noun a master's degree in questions of public concern
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notary public

  • noun someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositions
    notary.
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Public actstatute

  • (Law), an act or statute affecting matters of public concern. Of such statutes the courts take judicial notice.
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public address system

  • noun an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas
    PA; P.A.; PA system; P.A. system.
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public assistance

  • noun governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
    social welfare; welfare.
    • she lives on welfare
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public charity

  • noun a charity that is deemed to receive the major part of its support from the public (rather than from a small group of individuals)
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public convenience

  • noun a toilet that is available to the public
    comfort station; wash room; public convenience; restroom; convenience; public lavatory; toilet facility.
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Public credit

  • . See under Credit.
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public debate

  • noun the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
    disputation; debate.
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public debt

  • noun the total of the nation's debts: debts of local and state and national governments; an indicator of how much public spending is financed by borrowing instead of taxation
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public defender

  • noun a lawyer who represents indigent defendants at public expense
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public discussion

  • noun free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest
    ventilation.
    • such a proposal deserves thorough public discussion
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public domain

  • noun property rights that are held by the public at large
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public easement

  • noun any easement enjoyed by the public in general (as the public's right to use public streets)
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public executioner

  • noun an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuit of a warrant
    executioner.
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public exposure

  • noun the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate
    spreading; airing; dissemination.
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public eye

  • noun a focus of public attention
    limelight; glare; spotlight.
    • he enjoyed being in the limelight
    • when Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency
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public figure

  • noun a well-known or notable person
    name; figure.
    • they studied all the great names in the history of France
    • she is an important figure in modern music
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Public funds

  • . See Fund, 3.
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public holiday

  • noun authorized by law and limiting work or official business
    national holiday; legal holiday.
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Public house

  • noun tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals
    taphouse; pub; pothouse; saloon; gin mill.
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  • an inn, or house of entertainment.
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public housing

  • noun a housing development that is publicly funded and administered for low-income families
    housing project.
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public knowledge

  • noun knowledge that is available to anyone
    general knowledge.
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public lavatory

  • noun a toilet that is available to the public
    comfort station; wash room; public convenience; restroom; convenience; public lavatory; toilet facility.
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Public law

  • noun a law affecting the public at large
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  • . (a) See International law, under International. (b) A public act or statute.
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public lecture

  • noun a speech that is open to the public
    lecture; talk.
    • he attended a lecture on telecommunications
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public library

  • noun a nonprofit library maintained for public use
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public mover

  • noun a company that moves the possessions of a family or business from one site to another
    moving company; mover; removal company; removal firm.
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public nudity

  • noun vulgar and offensive nakedness in a public place
    indecent exposure.
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Public nuisance

  • noun a nuisance that unreasonably interferes with a right that is common to the general public
    common nuisance.
    • a public nuisance offends the public at large
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  • . (Law) See under Nuisance.
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public office

  • noun a position concerning the people as a whole
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public opinion

  • noun a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people
    opinion; popular opinion; vox populi.
    • he asked for a poll of public opinion
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public opinion poll

  • noun an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
    canvass; poll; opinion poll.
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Public orator

  • . (Eng. Universities) See Orator, 3.
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public presentation

  • noun a dramatic or musical entertainment
    performance.
    • they listened to ten different performances
    • the play ran for 100 performances
    • the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity
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public press

  • noun the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines
    press.
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public property

  • noun property owned by a government
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public prosecutor

  • noun a government official who conducts criminal prosecutions on behalf of the state
    prosecuting attorney; prosecuting officer; prosecutor.
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public relations

  • noun a promotion intended to create goodwill for a person or institution
    PR.
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public relations man

  • noun someone employed to arrange publicity (for a firm or a public figure)
    press agent; publicity man; PR man.
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public relations person

  • noun a person employed to establish and promote a favorable relationship with the public
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public school

  • noun a tuition free school in the United States supported by taxes and controlled by a school board
  • noun private independent secondary school in Great Britain supported by endowment and tuition
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public security

  • noun the general security of public places
    peace.
    • he was arrested for disturbing the peace
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public servant

  • noun someone who holds a government position (either by election or appointment)
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public service

  • noun a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions
    community service.
  • noun employment within a government system (especially in the civil service)
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public speaker

  • noun a person who delivers a speech or oration
    orator; speechmaker; speechifier; rhetorician.
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public speaking

  • noun delivering an address to a public audience
    speechmaking; oral presentation; speaking.
    • people came to see the candidates and hear the speechmaking
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public square

  • noun an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
    square.
  • noun a place of assembly for the people in ancient Greece
    agora.
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Public stores

  • military and naval stores, equipments, etc.
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public toilet

  • noun a toilet that is available to the public
    comfort station; wash room; public convenience; restroom; convenience; public lavatory; toilet facility.
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public transit

  • noun a public transportation system for moving passengers
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public transport

  • noun conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
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public treasury

  • noun a treasury for government funds
    till; trough.
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public trust

  • noun a trust created for charitable or religious or educational or scientific purposes
    charitable trust.
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public utility

  • noun a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
    public utility company; public utility; utility.
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public utility company

  • noun a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
    public utility company; public utility; utility.
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public violence

  • noun a public act of violence by an unruly mob
    riot.
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Public works

  • noun structures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks) constructed at government expense for public use
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  • all fixed works built by civil engineers for public use, as railways, docks, canals, etc.; but strictly, military and civil engineering works constructed at the public cost.
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public-hearted

Pub"lic-heart`ed adjective
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  1. Public-spirited. R.
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public-minded

Pub"lic-mind`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Public-spirited. -- Pub"lic-mind`ed*ness, n.
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public-relations campaign

  • noun an advertising campaign intended to improve public relations
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public-service corporation

  • noun a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
    public utility company; public utility; utility.
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public-spirited

  • adjective satellite showing unselfish interest in the public welfare
    • a public-spirited citizen
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Pub"lic-spir`it*ed adjective
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  1. Having, or exercising, a disposition to advance the interest of the community or public; as, public-spirited men.
  2. Dictated by a regard to public good; as, a public-spirited project or measure. Addison. -- Pub"lic-spir`it*ed*ly, adv. -- Pub"lic-spir`it*ed*ness, n.
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right to speedy and public trial by jury

  • noun a civil right guaranteed by the 6th amendment to the US Constitution
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united states public health service

  • noun an agency that serves as the office of Surgeon General; includes agencies whose mission is to improve the public health
    PHS.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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