public service

noun
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

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

  1. The cost of public services is on the rise.

  2. The station is running antismoking commercials as a public service.

  3. The company is heavily involved in public service.

  4. He works in public service.

  5. She has devoted her life to public service.

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First Known Use of public service

1576

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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PUBLIC SERVICE Defined for English Language Learners

public service

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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