public service


: the business of supplying a commodity (such as electricity or gas) or service (such as transportation) to any or all members of a community
: a service rendered in the public interest
: governmental employment
especially : civil service

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Rozelle Boyd, Indianapolis' longest serving and first Black city council member, died on July 21 at age 88, devoting nearly half of his life to public service. Kristine Phillips, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Dec. 2022 Speier’s commitment to public service actually began much earlier. Katya Cengel, ELLE, 20 Dec. 2022 But the Morgenthau patriarchs were earnest men deeply committed to public service. Andrew Kirtzman, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2022 In addition to public service, Dobeck worked as an associate attorney with Cassidy & Mottl before co-founding law firm Boyko & Dobeck, which practiced until 2017. John Benson, cleveland, 1 Dec. 2022 But Fetterman also holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University and has dedicated his life to public service. Time, 11 Nov. 2022 The Queen was a titanic figure, beloved by many in Barbados for the same reasons she is admired all over the world: her steadfast grace and her enduring commitment to public service. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 27 Oct. 2022 But Wells was most known for dedicating his life to public service, and held positions on the DART Board and City Plan Commission. Dallas News, 14 Oct. 2022 The Queen’s grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, also displayed a lifelong commitment to public service. Carolyn Harris, Quartz, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Public service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

public service

: the business of supplying a commodity (as electricity or gas) or service (as transportation) to any or all members of a community
: governmental employment
especially : civil service

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