Synonyms of public in English:

public


See definition of public

adjective

1‘the public sector of the economy’

SYNONYMS

state, national, federal, government

constitutional, democratic, civic, civil, official, social, municipal, community, local

communal, nationalized, state-owned

urban, metropolitan

ANTONYMS

private

2‘there is a great public demand for information on food’

SYNONYMS

popular, general, common, communal, collective, shared, joint, universal, widespread

3‘Stukeley was already a well-known physician and public figure’

SYNONYMS

prominent, well known, in the public eye, leading, important, eminent, pre-eminent, recognized, distinguished, notable, noteworthy, noted, outstanding, foremost, of mark

illustrious, celebrated, famous, renowned, acclaimed, famed, honoured, esteemed, respected, well thought of, influential, prestigious

ANTONYMS

obscure, unknown

4‘plans are afoot to ban smoking in public places’

SYNONYMS

open, open to the public, communal, not private, not exclusive, accessible to all, available, free, unrestricted, community

ANTONYMS

private, restricted

5‘he never made his views public’

SYNONYMS

known, widely known, overt, plain, obvious, in circulation, published, publicized, exposed

ANTONYMS

secret


noun

1‘the opinion polls do not reflect the true opinions of the British public’

SYNONYMS

people, citizens, subjects, general public, electors, electorate, voters, taxpayers, ratepayers, residents, inhabitants, citizenry, population, populace, community, society, country, nation, world

everyone

2‘he was adored by his public and his pupils’

SYNONYMS

audience, spectators, concertgoers, theatregoers, followers, following, fans, devotees, aficionados, admirers

patrons, clientele, market, consumers, buyers, customers, readers

informal buffs, freaks


Phrases

    the public eye

      ‘an individual may be momentarily in the public eye, but such notoriety rarely lasts’

      SYNONYMS

      the spotlight, the limelight, the glare of publicity, prominence

      the focus of interest, the focus of attention

    in public

      SYNONYMS

      publicly, in full view of people public, in full view of the public, openly, in the open, for all to see, undisguisedly, blatantly, flagrantly, brazenly, with no attempt at concealment, overtly, boldly, audaciously, unashamedly, shamelessly, unabashed, wantonly, immodestly

      coram populo

      ANTONYMS

      secretly