public works

plural noun
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of public works

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

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First Known Use of public works

1600


PUBLIC WORKS Defined for English Language Learners

public works

noun

Definition of public works for English Language Learners

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


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