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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Recent Examples on the Web Justice Deno Himonas plans to transition to a major law firm after almost two decades in public service. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Oct. 2021 What’s stopping you from getting a job in public service? Zack Friedman, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 The Guardian, which won a Pulitzer Prize in public service in 2014 for its reports on secret surveillance by the National Security Agency — a series made possible by Mr. Snowden’s leaks — was another publication that got left out. Ben Smith, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2021 For those who knew Powell well and respected his long career in public service, the notion that his death might be weaponized was particularly difficult to process. Annie Linskey, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Oct. 2021 Kopp, a former member of the House of Delegates, has spent nearly five decades in public service and is one of the longest-serving treasurers in state history. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2021 On Sunday, Fauci said that employees in public service who resisted vaccination were misguided. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 18 Oct. 2021 Throughout his years in public service, in South Florida and beyond, Hager held many titles. Angie Dimichele,, 16 Oct. 2021 During a career spent mostly in public service, with detours into the private sector, Mr. Spence was happiest when taking on seemingly impossible challenges., 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of public service

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of public service was in 1576

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23 Nov 2021

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“Public service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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