publicly

adverb pub·lic·ly \ ˈpə-bli-klē \
variants: or less commonly publically play \ˈpə-bli-k(ə-)lē\
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of publicly

1 : in a manner observable by or in a place accessible to the public : openly
2 a : by the people generally
b : by a government

Examples of publicly in a Sentence

  1. She very publicly acknowledged her mistake.

  2. The information is publicly available.

  3. The policies have been publicly approved.

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First Known Use of publicly

1534

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PUBLICLY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of publicly for English Language Learners

  • : in a way that is meant be heard or seen by many people

  • : in a way that can be used, seen, bought, etc., by anyone

  • : by a government



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