One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ownership by the government of an asset, corporation, or industry.‘his team is split over plans to take the railways back into public ownership’
- ‘It is not necessarily clear whether or not public ownership and operation of Elmer Island as a recreational park would be more efficient than private ownership and operation.’
- ‘Under the agreement, 880 acres of the wetlands were placed into public ownership.’
- ‘Up to Irish 17 plcs are regarded as possible targets to be taken out of public ownership.’
- ‘Public ownership in Saskatchewan is not confined to health, but extends to power (SaskPower), energy (SaskEnergy), telephone (SaskTel), and auto insurance (SGI).’
- ‘Public ownership of land is no guarantee that its rent will be captured by the public.’
- ‘The Public Catalogue Foundation's heroic project of publishing catalogues of all paintings in public ownership in the UK has now reached East Sussex.’
- ‘Years after privatization of telecoms in most advanced economies, an element could be returned to public ownership again.’
- ‘Camtel, the fixed line operator, was privatised in 2000, while Camtel Mobile remains in public ownership.’
- ‘We desire to see capitalism abolished and a democratic system of common or public ownership created in its stead.’
- ‘The vicissitudes of soccer, and the enormous earning power of the top players, make it a business unsuited to public ownership.’
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