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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Twelve years ago, Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes headed to Marrakech from Los Angeles with the plan to take a year off from their careers in public relations and filmmaking, respectively, and indulge in an adventurous sabbatical. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "The Vivacious 18th-Century Marakesh Medina of Two L.A. Transplants," 28 Dec. 2018 In the spring, Facebook was rocked by the biggest public relations crisis in its history — the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 Another is a candid Polaroid of Bessette-Kennedy at her former job as a public relations executive at Calvin Klein in a polo shirt and skirt. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "For Rare Images of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Follow This Tribute Instagram," 26 Dec. 2018 Key leaders in engineering, sales, human resources and public relations have departed. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Tesla Replaces General Counsel With Seasoned Trial Lawyer," 7 Dec. 2018 But public relations-wise, things haven’t been going great for the royal household of late. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Spending Christmas This Year," 3 Dec. 2018 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

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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public relations

noun

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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