1 the public people in general
VERB + PUBLIC inform The government was slow to inform the public about the health hazards of lead in petrol. | protect | serve | be open to The house is open to the public at weekends.
PREP. in ~ He rarely appears in public these days.
PHRASES a member of the public
2 group of people with sth in common
ADJ. book-buying, paying, reading, sporting, theatre-going, travelling, viewing, etc. Satellite television has provided the viewing public with a wide choice of programmes. | larger, wider Her work is now available to a wider public.