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

Examples of public relations in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the firm, called the Dicio Group, was providing public relations services for True North earlier this year, after Gibson, Callahan and Seegmiller Clark had exited their state positions. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s cannabis cultivators look to move forward after state audit gave program a ‘black eye’," 27 Nov. 2020 Now the public relations firm behind the campaign, Porter Novelli, is pulling the plug. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: In the West, opposing natural gas is tricky — even for a Democrat with climate cred," 26 Nov. 2020 Isemann won the inaugural Bill Michelet Best in Show Award for the project in addition to Red Stick Awards in the long-term public relations campaign, press release and proactive media relations categories., "New Orleans, Baton Rouge area Business Honors for Nov. 8, 2020," 8 Nov. 2020 Dave Coulter, a former teacher and public relations executive who began his political career in 2003 when the county was solidly Republican. Kathleen Gray, New York Times, "In Michigan, a Suburban County That Flipped Blue Isn’t Looking Back," 30 Oct. 2020 Olivia Grafton, a public relations executive at the company, said that glamping fills the void between staying in a hotel and pitching a tent. Patrick Connolly,, "Camping goes mainstream: Glamping and RVs help make outdoor overnights effortless," 27 Oct. 2020 The woman, Arlene Todd Guzman, a public relations executive in California, said their relationship became physical on at least one occasion. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Reporter catches Cal Cunningham for first interview since facing cheating allegations," 7 Oct. 2020 Pompeo cited it as part of a wide-ranging public relations campaign by Chinese officials. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Pompeo warns of China influence in state, local governments," 23 Sep. 2020 Simulmatics’s creator and president was a former Madison Avenue advertising and public relations executive, Edward L. Greenfield—a glad-handing, scotch-drinking, Pall Mall–smoking huckster, as Lepore describes him. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, "Simulating Democracy," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of public relations

1898, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2020

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“Public relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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