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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Campaign manager Jess Fassler said in a memo emailed to reporters that Gillibrand released 15 policy proposals in total, including plans on climate change, reproductive rights, public service and gun violence. NBC News, "Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand drops bid for Democratic nomination in 2020," 28 Aug. 2019 So, last year Finkelman started volunteering for the Red Cross, organizing spreadsheets for different refugee service and veterans organizations, and doing monthly public service projects. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Three Jewish teens each earn $36,000 prize for ‘repair the world’ charity work," 17 Aug. 2019 The Obamas epitomize class, dedication to public service and respect for the Oval Office. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "More than 200,000 people sign petition to rename Trump Tower's street after Barack Obama," 14 Aug. 2019 India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "Sushma Swaraj, India's former foreign minister, dies at 67," 6 Aug. 2019 If this happens, Pelosi’s formidable reputation, based on a lifetime of public service and her role as the first female Speaker of the House, will suffer. Sean Wilentz, The New Yorker, "Nancy Pelosi, Impeachment, and Places in History," 11 July 2019 As UGA’s chief academic officer, Whitten oversees instruction, research, public service and outreach, student affairs and information technology. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Georgia Board of Regents announces finalist for Kennesaw State presidency," 5 June 2018 His main focus other than Brexit is on basic public services such as policing and transport. The Economist, "The Downing Street Policy Unit, Boris Johnson’s brain," 22 Aug. 2019 For his trip across the bay and ferry North Island was taken out of public service. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: FDR’s 1944 visit to San Diego was a military secret," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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