Definition of public service
1 : the business of supplying a commodity (as electricity or gas) or service (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.
First Known Use of public service
PUBLIC SERVICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of public service for English Language Learners
: 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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