Definition of public relations

: the business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution also : the degree of understanding and goodwill achieved

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Recent Examples on the Web Bader and Grondahl had previously been with the team in other posts, while Brightman was hired from his family business, an advertising and public relations company. Jeff Barker,, "A diamond in the rough: As team rebuilds, Orioles have big plans for its main jewel, Camden Yards," 7 Nov. 2019 The movie franchise has done no public relations favors to advocates who see the positive value that a super intelligence could bring. NBC News, "'Terminator' at 35: How AI and the militarization of tech has evolved," 2 Nov. 2019 Queen Elizabeth's agreeing to finally meet her son's partner was apparently a huge step forward for the royal family and for public relations. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles's Royal Love Story: From the '70s to Today," 29 Oct. 2019 Last year, the Malaysian government even launched a global public relations charm offensive to safeguard palm oil’s reputation, amid growing recognition of the product’s harmful environmental impact. Mary Hui, Quartz, "India’s beginning a China-style boycott over Kashmir remarks," 25 Oct. 2019 Yet the mix of going big on public relations while reaping relatively small political dividends seems to be a signature of Mr Modi’s foreign policy. The Economist, "Foreign policyIndia’s foreign policy remains cautious and unimaginative," 24 Oct. 2019 But longtime crisis manager Howard Bragman tells The Hollywood Reporter that Huffman is playing the public relations game perfectly and defended her outfit against Stewart's comments. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Crisis Consultant on Why Felicity Huffman's Prison Look is "Pitch Perfect"," 24 Oct. 2019 Claudia Kunkel, a public relations specialist working on the project, said the target age is about 17 to 30. Andrew Howard, azcentral, "Need a career? Arizona businesses try to woo young workers for construction jobs," 19 Oct. 2019 But for Nike, Franklin’s rapid transformation from trusted company man to whistleblower has created what may be the worst legal and public relations crisis in the company’s history. oregonlive, "Bad blood, betrayal turns L.A. coach into Nike whistleblower," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of public relations

1898, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of public relations

: the activity or job of providing information about a particular person or organization to the public so that people will regard that person or organization in a favorable way
: the relationship between an organization and the public

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