Definition of publicly in English:



  • 1So as to be seen by other people; in public.

    ‘some weep publicly’
    • ‘For the first time in history his job was publicly advertised.’
    • ‘He had a hot temper and a weekly column in which he could publicly tear to shreds anyone who dared gainsay him or meddle with his works.’
    • ‘I want those horrible soldiers who were responsible for this to be publicly punished and humiliated.’
    • ‘Only a very select group is publicly given credit for academic success.’
    • ‘How can you expect people to speak out if you publicly humiliate them?’
    • ‘He almost never discusses his cases publicly and rarely grants formal interviews.’
    • ‘The Aberdeen manager does not accept that he did the dirty on his players by publicly hanging them out to dry.’
    • ‘I want to publicly apologize to my family for shocking them and for hurting them.’
    • ‘The health problems linked to smoking are so vast and it is a real problem but if people continue to smoke openly and publicly where will it end?’
    • ‘A number of years ago rumors of Arnold's affair with Tammy began to leak out publicly.’
    • ‘Now we are shamelessly and publicly adding religious discrimination to the witches' brew.’
    • ‘Hare turned King's evidence, but Burke was hanged and afterwards publicly dissected.’
    • ‘Times were tough in the past and criminals were publicly whipped, branded, banished or hanged.’
    • ‘He changed course when it was clear things weren't working and announced it publicly.’
    • ‘The donors' names were displayed publicly on a long blackboard hung on the wall in front of the hall.’
    • ‘He also said he wanted to publicly thank all the staff and valued customers for their loyalty and support over the years.’
    • ‘The airline incident is also the second time in six months that he's been publicly accused of violent, loutish behaviour.’
    • ‘In that golden age, pink and red flags were not publicly mixed.’
    • ‘He was the last person in Britain sentenced to be publicly hanged, drawn and quartered.’
    • ‘He has said publicly he has no idea how it could be that HIH is insolvent.’
    1. 1.1[often sentence adverb]Used in reference to views expressed to others and not necessarily genuinely felt.
      ‘publicly, officials criticized the resolution, but privately they thought it tolerable’
      • ‘Despite the obvious problems with the court, its officials, publicly at least, are talking it up.’
      • ‘Sensibly, So has stayed publicly away from criticising Sheppard over the past few days.’
      • ‘Or priests, in like manner who privately say one thing, but very publicly say another.’
      • ‘Scotland bosses refused to criticise Warwickshire publicly but privately they are fuming.’
      • ‘They might critique them privately, but not necessarily in print or publicly.’
      • ‘NHS officials have publicly denied the claims, but both papers stood by their stories.’
      • ‘Some will feel pressured to publicly display views they do not agree with.’
      • ‘As a matter of publicly stated official policy, that was probably the right answer.’
      • ‘At times I could have been, publicly not privately, too critical of the players, but now I try to balance it.’
      • ‘But we rarely hear any of these views expressed publicly by mainstream politicians.’
  • 2By the state rather than an independent, commercial company.

    ‘a publicly owned company’
    • ‘And we do this by providing publicly funded health, education and welfare systems.’
    • ‘And if necessary, yes, it has to be publicly subsidised to keep down the cost of travel.’
    • ‘For those of you who aren't British, allotments are pieces of land which are owned publicly and rented out to people to grow things on.’
    • ‘Taxation of the rich would provide funds aplenty for public investment in publicly owned services.’
    • ‘The government maintains that it does not matter who provides the services so long as they are publicly funded.’
    • ‘He added that it was not necessary for the airstrip to be publicly owned.’
    • ‘Another was that high-risk missions should be publicly, rather than privately funded.’
    • ‘We were not at all wealthy, but it was at a time when the arts were publicly funded and there were free tickets available.’
    • ‘Long-term care would be best if it were publicly funded, publicly built and managed.’
    • ‘There will be an order for costs in the appropriate form, bearing in mind that the claimant is publicly funded.’
    • ‘Democratic government needs an independent, publicly funded research community.’
    • ‘Ultimately, how much a country spends on publicly funded medicines is a value or policy judgment.’
    • ‘We want a publicly owned railway and tube system, and he doesn't.’
    • ‘Is he basically saying these are political organisations publicly funded by another name?’
    • ‘Party political rows will not be allowed as the sites are publicly funded - although they may link to political pages.’
    • ‘She insists that the British consensus around publicly funded healthcare is not eroding.’
    • ‘At the one extreme, only a very finite list of services might be publicly funded.’
    • ‘The purchase fund was a public body and should be publicly accountable.’
    • ‘Waiting lists come with the territory of publicly funded health systems.’
    • ‘Academies are publicly funded independent schools which provide education to students of all abilities.’


Note that the spelling is publicly, not -ally