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

Examples of public service in a Sentence

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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This money could be better spent and the government should act now in the interest of taxpayers and public services by calling for spending to be limited. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Not Everyone’s Excited About Princess Eugenie’s Upcoming Wedding," 11 Sep. 2018 For many women in public service who are on furlough and now looking at not getting that vital paycheck, the uncertainty can be agonizing. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "These Women Are Still Waiting for Their Paycheck Because of the Government Shutdown," 11 Jan. 2019 That is what has drawn me to the political and the public service process. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "2019's Barrier-Breaking Politicians Get to Work," 3 Jan. 2019 The name reflects that fact that at its inception, the service sought to inspire at-risk kids to take a path of public service. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Zen of Mowing for Someone Who Needs It," 1 Oct. 2018 Indeed, while Bush will be remembered for numerous achievements, including his service as a combat pilot in World War II and his many years of dedicated public service, perhaps his most lasting legacy will remain that of a family man. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How George H.W. Bush's Extraordinary Political Career Shaped His Relationship With His Children," 5 Dec. 2018 Our government continues to take away from our public services — national parks, arts programs, museums funding, aid for children with disabilities. Amanda Oliver, Vox, "I’m a librarian. Amazon could never replace what I do.," 26 July 2018 The initiative launched Thursday, July 19, with a public service announcement. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Michelle Obama may not want to be your president, but she still wants you to vote," 19 July 2018 Borders has more than 30 years of experience in operations, marketing, public service, and more. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Time's Up Picks WNBA's Lisa Borders as Its First-Ever President and CEO," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of public service

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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