semi·​pub·​lic ˌse-mē-ˈpə-blik How to pronounce semipublic (audio)
: open to some persons outside the regular constituency
: having some features of a public institution
specifically : maintained as a public service by a private nonprofit organization

Examples of semipublic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those gift tables are notorious for losing cards and, in semipublic places, even losing packages. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2023 Even this semipublic glimpse of Seid was rare. Andrew Perez, ProPublica, 22 Aug. 2022 Last week, the U.K.’s Crown Estate—historically the property portfolio of the British royal family, now a semipublic collection of often trophy assets including much of the seabed around the island nation—showed the appeal of less run-of-the-mill real estate. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 29 June 2021 Another golf course, a semipublic course established just south of Calumet Country Club where Homewood’s Governor’s Park subdivision now sits, didn’t survive either, but the others — Ravisloe, Flossmoor, Idlewild and of course Olympia Fields — remain golfing destinations. Paul Eisenberg,, 30 Aug. 2020 The plot of land, which hosts a county training center for lifeguards, is only zoned for public or semipublic uses, a Manhattan Beach spokesperson told The Post, though a property owner could request a rezoning. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2023 Stadiums, universities, and other public and semipublic assets also came up for discussion as part of what the Times described as asset gerrymandering: the distribution of economically productive institutions within legislative maps. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 14 Oct. 2022 Instagram’s Close Friends toes the privacy line by offering users a safe, semipublic space of their own creation. Jennifer Miller, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2022 Isao Tokoro, an emeritus professor at Kyoto Sangyo University and expert on imperial family history, said that by rejecting the money and formalities, Mako was turning her back on the family and the semipublic role adopted by some former royals. Peter Landers, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of semipublic was in 1804

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“Semipublic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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