pub·​lic·​ly | \ ˈpə-bli-klē How to pronounce publicly (audio) \
variants: or less commonly publically \ ˈpə-​bli-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce publically (audio) \

Definition of publicly

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

Examples of publicly in a Sentence

She very publicly acknowledged her mistake. The information is publicly available. The policies have been publicly approved.
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This burgeoning friendship isn't too surprising, considering the two have publicly shared their admiration for each other. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Drake and Adele Is the Celebrity Friendship We Didn't Know We Deserved," 20 Feb. 2019 Protocols established by our respondents to manage pictures of people caught on camera included blurring images, or not publicly sharing them. Rogelio Luque-lora, Bill Adams, Ars Technica, "Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy," 24 Nov. 2018 Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar of assault, joined Andrea Munford, the detective who led the investigation, and Angela Povilaitis, the assistant Attorney General who led the prosecution. Glamour, "The Women Who Took Down Larry Nassar on Life After the Ruling," 11 Nov. 2018 There’s just one problem: No underage girl has publicly accused Menendez of anything. Anna North, Vox, "How Republicans are using the language of #MeToo against Democrats," 24 Oct. 2018 For instance, Community Health Advocates, a free service that operates under the Community Service Society of New York, works with the privately insured, publicly insured, and uninsured to navigate the minefield of health care bills. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "8 Ways to Negotiate and Pay Off Expensive Medical Bills," 15 Feb. 2019 Davidson and Grande started dating publicly in summer 2018 and quickly got engaged. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Pete Davidson Says He Cried With His Mom After Splitting With Ariana Grande," 2 Jan. 2019 Architecture’s longstanding gender-equity problems became high profile after five women publicly accused Richard Meier of misconduct. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How cities became more equitable in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Hardeman said both ASes were savvy enough to hijack only IP addresses that weren’t being publicly announced. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "How 3ve’s BGP hijackers eluded the Internet—and made $29M," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of publicly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of publicly

: 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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