public works

plural noun

Definition of public works

: works (such as schools, highways, docks) constructed for public use or enjoyment especially when financed and owned by the government

Examples of public works in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The original plaintiffs argued that aggressive health restrictions from the administration constituted a regulatory taking much like the taking of land for public works projects. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 The visit comes as President Joe Biden proposes a national, $1.7 trillion infrastructure package, while Republican senators want a more narrow investment in roads, highways and other traditional public works projects. Adrian Sainz, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 Figueroa had accused his government of corruption in public works projects. Author: Mary Beth Sheridan, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2021 Dave Cohen, the public works director, said in the statement that Wellesley water is safe to drink and use., 1 June 2021 Yet only $257 billion of that offer would go toward funding new public works projects, as the rest was already budgeted in baseline transportation spending. Jeffrey Sachs, CNN, 1 June 2021 Vera hopes the public works appeal board rejects the nada in relocation fees that the city of Los Angeles will argue La Gloria merits. Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2021 On planting day, public works employees haul the flowers and foliage on a flatbed truck around as the gardeners move from spot to spot. Kimberly Fornek,, 27 May 2021 Republicans want to limit any infrastructure deal to traditional public works projects like roads, bridges and public transportation, while Mr. Biden has pitched a far more ambitious plan to include expansions of the social safety net. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of public works

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Public works.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of public works

: buildings and structures (such as schools, highways, and docks) that are built and owned by a government

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