public relations

noun, plural in form but usually singular in construction, often attributive

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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And, in essence, both sides started fighting not only a legal battle to get the votes counted but a public relations battle over legitimacy of the process. Hope Reese, Vox, "A historian on our broken election system: “it’s run by people with stake in the outcome”," 21 Nov. 2018 In 2015, Julie Hamp, a Toyota Motor Corp. public relations executive, an American, was arrested on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, into Japan. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "As Ghosn heads for Nissan exit, Renault merger hopes fade," 21 Nov. 2018 But whether the report is released is up to the FCC, and Chairman Pai's public relations office has ignored our questions about the program. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai isn’t saying whether ISPs deliver the broadband speeds you pay for," 19 Nov. 2018 Her second husband, Mr. Lawrence, a graduate of Yale University and an author, had been the U.S. Army’s top public relations officer in Europe during World War II. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Carlene Roberts Rose Into Management When Female Executives Were Nearly Unknown," 9 Nov. 2018 According to her bio page, Winters was an award-winning journalist who had a background in public relations and wrote for a number of news outlets, including AP Features, before working in Maryland. Fox News, "Rob Hiaasen, Capital Gazette editor and brother of author Carl Hiaasen, among 5 newsroom shooting victims," 2 Oct. 2018 According to Adam Annen, public relations manager for HomeAway, the shift has been sudden. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How vacation homes went from private escape to investment opportunities," 2 Oct. 2018 Here, watch a few of our favorite fashion public relations ladies break down their looks piece by piece. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: Here's What Real Fashion PR Girls Are Wearing Right Now," 26 Sep. 2018 The Euro delivery discount also stacks with most promotional offers, says Catherine Gebhardt, a Mercedes-Benz USA public relations representative. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get a (Mostly) Free European Road Trip When You Buy a Car," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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