semi·​pub·​lic | \ ˌse-mē-ˈpə-blik , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

Definition of semipublic

1 : open to some persons outside the regular constituency
2 : having some features of a public institution specifically : maintained as a public service by a private nonprofit organization

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The Steamship Authority cleared a ferry to return to service Wednesday morning after a successful trial run of the vessel, which had several trips canceled Monday and Tuesday, the semipublic agency said in a statement Wednesday. Jeremy C. Fox,, "Steamship Authority to test Nantucket ferry after trips canceled for mechanical issues," 11 July 2018 The Steamship Authority, a semipublic agency that operates ferries from Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, recently has been beset by troubles. Jeremy C. Fox,, "Steamship Authority cancels ferry trips on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket routes," 10 July 2018 Other churches have built and sustained semipublic garden spaces over the years. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "This church sold its land for $8.5 million, then bought a chunk back to build a park," 27 July 2017 The other members of the media — who would come under heavy criticism for agreeing to subject themselves to this semipublic scolding, and in an off-the-record setting — dispersed when the meeting was over. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "CNN Had a Problem. Donald Trump Solved It.," 4 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of semipublic

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to set apart or to segregate

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