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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Mexico has privatized Pemex, while Brazil hasn’t changed Petrobras’ structure which is still a semipublic company. Esade Business & Law School, Forbes, 5 July 2021 And last summer, the government induced a group of insurance companies and semipublic institutions to pledge €6 billion in tech investment in France through 33 funds; nine of these funds are dedicated to health. Tania Rabesandratana, Science | AAAS, 21 Apr. 2021 Voter registration details and voting history are a matter of semipublic record in most places. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2020 In the current climate, Miss Manners is inclined to be indulgent about sharing even semipublic facilities, when options are so limited. Judith Martin, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of semipublic was in 1804

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“Semipublic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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