public land


Definition of public land 

: land owned by a government specifically : that part of the U.S. public domain subject to sale or disposal under the homestead laws

Examples of public land in a Sentence

the management of public lands The government will auction off 20 parcels of public land.

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Most of the new state and federal money, though, is likely to go toward big swaths of public land. Kurtis Alexander,, "With wildfire season at hand, California on slightly safer footing this year," 17 June 2018 Nobuhisa Sagawa resigned earlier this month amid questions over his role in the sale of public land for a fraction of its value to a school operator with ties to the prime minister’s wife. Isabel Reynolds,, "Japan School Scandal Official Denies Abe Ordered Cover-Up," 27 Mar. 2018 The nation’s vast public lands have always been an engine for energy development. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 The pair were also banned from accessing U.S. public lands for five years. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Three YouTube travel influencers die in waterfall accident in British Columbia," 6 July 2018 The party stressed its plan to study houses built on public land on a case-by-case basis rather than undertaking a sweeping policy, perhaps in an effort to cater to the urban poor whose unregistered properties would be most affected. Elizabeth R. Nugent, Washington Post, "Tunisia’s first post-uprisings local elections are Sunday. Can they bolster citizens’ belief in democracy?," 4 May 2018 Many Serbs have accused the mayor and the president of not consulting with the public on plans to develop public land. Barbara Surk, New York Times, "To Build Dubai of the Balkans, Serbia Deploys Bulldozers and Baseball Bats," 29 Apr. 2018 And the Legislature should get to work to establish a new funding source to help manage state public lands. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Crossbow season, walleye limits among topics at Wisconsin's spring hearings," 11 Apr. 2018 MTB Atlanta is a non-profit organization that works to ensure that our public lands offer fun, challenging, and sustainable trails for all mountain bikers and hikers. Pamela Miller, ajc, "East Point to cut ribbon to Sykes Park Mountain Bike Trail," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of public land

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public land was in 1789

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English Language Learners Definition of public land

: land that is owned and taken care of by the government

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Legal Definition of public land 

: land owned by a government

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