public service


Definition of public service

1 : the business of supplying a commodity (such as electricity or gas) or service (such as transportation) to any or all members of a community
2 : a service rendered in the public interest
3 : governmental employment especially : civil service

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The cost of public services is on the rise. The station is running antismoking commercials as a public service. The company is heavily involved in public service. He works in public service. She has devoted her life to public service.
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Recent Examples on the Web As an actor and voice-over artist, Tako has acted in films, television and commercials, including suicide prevention and anti-bullying public service announcements. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Author Stephen Tako’s hairy blue character helps children learn to cope and care," 12 Nov. 2020 Much of the program is being done on a volunteer basis, with Maggiano looking for small grants to pay some additional speakers during training and produce public service announcements. Washington Post, "Peer coaches work to address covid-19, other health disparities," 8 Nov. 2020 Bears players and coaches recorded public service announcements for TV and radio spots. Colleen Kane,, "‘Go out there and vote, use that right’: How the Chicago Bears are using voter education and initiatives to help their local communities," 2 Nov. 2020 Madonna did not even attempt to offer the look-into-the-camera earnestness that celebrities typically delivered in public service announcements. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "In 1990, Rock the Vote and Madonna shook up politics. Will the youth vote do the same in 2020?," 28 Oct. 2020 Much of the program is being done on a volunteer basis, with Maggiano looking for small grants to pay some additional speakers during training and produce public service announcements. Meredith Cohn,, "Spiritual coaches aim to ease COVID-19, other health disparities in West Baltimore," 20 Oct. 2020 Celebrities are even getting naked in public service announcements to try to convince you to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner, "The Truth about Voter Fraud and Suppression," 16 Oct. 2020 O'Brien's public service announcements are also aimed at Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Conan O'Brien tells Michigan to vote, jabs Jim Harbaugh and Ohio in hilarious video," 13 Oct. 2020 The coalition, which includes more than 20 groups, plans public service announcements and to encourage their members to support preventative measures to help control the spread of the virus. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Health care and business organizations form coalition to encourage people to wear masks and take other precautions," 10 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of public service

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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22 Nov 2020

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“Public service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of public service

: the business of supplying something (such as electricity, gas, or transportation) to the members of a community
: something that is done to help people rather than to make a profit
: work that someone does as part of a government : the work done by public servants

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