public
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public(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of or for the people)
a. público
Public transportation reduces pollution and improves quality of life.El transporte público reduce la contaminación y mejora la calidad de vida.
2. (open to all)
a. público
There will be a public concert in the garden tomorrow.Habrá un concierto público mañana en el jardín.
3. (government)
a. público
All public servants will receive a Christmas bonus of 5000 pesos.Todo oficial público recibirá un aguinaldo de 5000 pesos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (people in general)
a. el público
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The pool is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday.La piscina está abierta al público de martes a domingo.
5. (people with a common interest)
a. el público
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The bike-riding public takes over Paseo de la Reforma on Sundays.El público ciclista se apodera del Paseo de la Reforma los domingos.
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public
[ˈpʌblɪk]
noun
también:
  • the (general) public el público en general, el gran público
  • in public en público
adjective
1. público(a)
  • to go public pasar a cotizar en Bolsa (company)
  • to go public with something manifestar públicamente algo (reveal information)
  • to make something public hacer público(a) algo
  • to make a public appearance hacer or efectuar una aparición pública
  • to be in the public domain ser del dominio público
  • at public expense con dinero público
  • to be in the public eye estar expuesto(a) a la opinión pública
  • in the public interest en favor del interés general
  • public access television = sistema de televisión que permite a sus usuarios emitir sus propios programas (Estados Unidos)
  • public address system (sistema (m) de) megafonía (f)
  • public assistance ayudas (f pl) estatales (Estados Unidos)
  • public call box cabina (f) telefónica (británico)
  • public convenience servicios mpl or (británico) aseos mpl públicos (español de España)
  • public debt deuda (f) pública (Estados Unidos)
  • public enterprise (comercio) empresa (f) pública
  • public health salud (f) pública
  • public holiday día (m) festivo or feriado (Am)
  • public house = típico bar de las Islas Británicas donde a veces se sirve comida además de bebidas alcohólicas (británico)
  • public inquiry investigación (f)
  • public limited company (de puertas abiertas)sociedad (f) anónima
  • public opinion la opinión pública
  • public prosecutor (Law) fiscal (sustantivo masculino) (del Estado)
  • public relations relaciones (f pl) públicas
  • public school colegio (m) privado; (británico) colegio (m) público (Estados Unidos)
  • public sector sector (m) público
  • public speaking oratoria (f)
  • public spending gasto (m) público
  • public transport transporte (m) público
  • public utility (comercio) (empresa (f) de) servicio (m) público
PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION En EE. UU., se llama Public Access Television a las cadenas de televisión por cable no comerciales, puestas a disposición de organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro y de los ciudadanos en general. En 1984 el Congreso adoptó el “Cable Communications Policy Act” (Ley de Comunicación por Cable) con el fin de hacer frente al problema de la monopolización de las cadenas por un número reducido de operadores de cable. Esta ley exige a los propietarios de las cadenas por cable que pongan una cadena a disposición de las comunidades locales, así como el correspondiente estudio y material de grabación, y también que contemplen asistencia técnica en caso de ser necesaria.
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public [ˈpʌblɪk]
adjective
1 (of the State) público
they can hire expensive lawyers at public expense pueden contratar abogados caros a costa de los contribuyentes
idle loafers, who enjoyed living at public expense policing is paid for out of public [funds]
to run for/hold public office presentarse como candidato a/ostentar un cargo público
she has been banned barred from holding public office
the public purse el erario público
it's a drain on the public purse on public funds
2 (of, for, by everyone) público
they want to deflect public attention from the real issues quieren desviar la opinión pública de los verdaderos problemas
when sex education was introduced there was a public outcry a public health service available to all the heavily congested public areas of international airports so far the government has resisted public pressure to abandon the Poll Tax Paddy Ashdown addressed a public meeting on behalf of the Liberal Democrats
to be in the public eye ser objeto del interés público
he has kept his family out of the public eye ha mantenido a su familia alejada de la atención pública
one expects people in the public eye to conduct their personal lives with a certain decorum their marriage has broken up in the full glare of the public eye he has the public [interest] at heart
I have decided to resign in the public interest en el interés de los ciudadanos, he decidido dimitir
measures to increase public interest in cycling there is little public interest in parliamentary debate [in] the public interest it is clearly in the public interest for a firm to price its products fairly [of] public interest
in a bid to gain public support en un intento de hacerse con el apoyo de la gente
public enemy number one enemigo (m) público número uno
President Reagan's public enemy number one: President Daniel Ortega HIV and AIDS are probably public enemy number one
3 (open, not private) [+statement, meeting] público; [+appearance] en público
it's too public here aquí estamos demasiado expuestos al público; aquí no tenemos intimidad; can we talk somewhere less public? ¿podemos hablar en algún sitio más privado or menos expuesto al público?
his public support of the strikers moves to abolish smoking in public places it was to be her last public appearance in a public statement he denied the allegations he wouldn't do anything to damage his public image I avoid working in places which are too public no doubt all celebrities would prefer not to have to endure public scrutiny of their sex lives the comments were the ministry's first detailed public statement on the subject the contrast between Hearst's public image and his private demeanour
to become public [+news, fact] hacerse público
the facts could cause embarrassment if they ever became public this was before their relationship became public only rarely does he let his own views become public
to be in the public domain (not secret) ser de dominio público
the state of their marriage has been put into the public domain it is outrageous that the figures are not in the public domain they tried to prevent the press from releasing in this country what was already in the public domain around half the world many popular CDs are compilations of books that have gone out of copyright or collections of shareware and /public domain software/: the contents can be distributed for free
to go public (Comm) empezar a cotizar en bolsa
in 1951 AC went public, having achieved an average annual profit of more than £50,000 she decided to go public with the information that she was suing her former employer for sexual harassment he went public with the news that he was HIV positive
they decided to go public about their relationship decidieron revelar su relación a la prensa or al público
it is public knowledge ya es de dominio público
to retire from public life retirarse de la vida pública
to lead an active public life llevar una vida pública activa
to make sth public hacer público algo; publicar algo
Blair wants any new evidence on IRA pub bombs made public the cause of death was not made public
4 (well-known)
a public figure un personaje público
the Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday hit out at public figures who commit adultery he was a public figure whose photograph had been printed in newspapers all over the world she tells us what life is like as the wife of a public figure
noun
1 (people)
the public el público; the house is open to the public la casa está abierta al público
trade unions are regarding the poll as a test of the public's confidence in the government they're not giving the public what they want
the general public el gran público
the product is not available to the general public in terms more easily understood by the general public
a member of the public un ciudadano
we welcome suggestions from members of the public members of the public are not allowed into military bases the great British public is the Great British Public ready to vote for a man with ginger hair? a trade union leader who vied with football hooligans for bottom place in the affections of the Great British Public
2 (open place)
in public en público
by-laws are to make it illegal to smoke in public he repeated in public what he had said in private
3 (devotees) público (m)
she couldn't disappoint her public no podía decepcionar a su público
his books are read by a reasonably large public in France and Italy
the reading/sporting public los aficionados a la lectura/al deporte
whatever his merits or otherwise as a manager, it is clear that he has lost the confidence of the sporting public literature available to the general reading public
the viewing public los telespectadores
market research showed that 93% of the viewing public wanted a hit film channel the [voting] public the American voting public immigrants make up 8 per cent of the voting public such language misleads the voting public
modifier
public access television (n) (US) televisión abierta al público
Public Accounts Committee the report received the support of MPs of all parties on the Public Accounts Committee these questions were put by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee to the Inland Revenue earlier this year
En Estados Unidos, el término Public Access Television hace referencia a una serie de cadenas no comerciales de televisión por cable que emiten programas de ámbito local o programas dedicados a organizaciones humanitarias sin ánimo de lucro. Entre sus emisiones se incluyen charlas sobre actividades escolares, programas sobre aficiones diversas e incluso discursos de organizaciones racistas. Estas emisiones de acceso público se crearon para dar cabida a temas de interés local e impedir que los canales por cable estuvieran dominados por unos cuantos privilegiados. En virtud de la Ley de Emisiones por Cable, el Cable Act de 1984, cualquier población en que haya algún canal por cable puede obligar a los propietarios de dicho canal a que instalen una cadena adicional de acceso público y provean el equipo, el estudio, los medios técnicos y el personal necesarios para la emisión.
public address system (n) (sistema (m) de) megafonía (f); altavoces (m); altoparlantes (m); (LAm)
the captain spoke to the passengers over the public address system the news was announced on the public address system
public affairs (n) actividades (f) públicas
the aging dictator was spending less and less time on public affairs, and more and more on the golf course in those days women were not supposed to take an interest in public affairs every local authority is legally obliged to have a public analyst - he or she is the first line of defence when it comes to protecting the consumer from contaminated food and drink concern felt by public analysts about contamination of the environmen public analysts found that, out of 293 samples of different fruits and vegetables 10% contained DDT
public assistance (n) (US) asistencia (f) pública
those who were indigent should be offered private charity rather than public assistance
to be on public assistance recibir asistencia pública
many families here are poor; many are on public assistance they lost the mortgage on the house, and ended up on public assistance
public bar (n) bar (m)
public body (n) organismo (m) público
this public body was specifically established to safeguard sites and habitats of great ecological value his work for various public bodies left him little spare time the interaction between public bodies and private firms the Albanian government has ordered the removal of the name of Stalin from all public buildings
public company (n) empresa (f) pública
public convenience (n) (Britain) servicios (m); aseos (m) públicos
he was arrested in a public convenience free public conveniences throughout London have been closed the US postal service became a public corporation 21 years ago Kravis has spent more than dollars 55bn taking public corporations private
public debt (n) deuda (f) pública; deuda (f) del Estado
every child born in Antwerp inherits a public debt of 130,000 Belgian francs servicing the interest on the public debt was a huge burden
public defender (n) (US) defensoradefensora (m) (f) de oficio;a defensora
her attorney, public defender David Falls, requested a hearing a group of attorneys from the public defender's office in Contra Costa County
public enquiry (n) (Britain)
public inquiry See culture box in entry public.
the Labour Party, whose support for public enterprise has already put a stop to any further privatisation his description of Canada as a public enterprise economy concern has focused on the issue of public examinations in secondary schools, particularly on the relationship between GCE and CSE examinations
public expenditure (n) gasto (m) (del sector) público
social security costs amount to nearly 20 per cent of total public expenditure the government is looking for cuts in public expenditure the public footpath alongside the brook was impassable the spring can be reached by public footpath they sat in the packed public gallery upstairs at Winchester crown court his mother sat sobbing in the public gallery just yards from the witness box his speech was greeted by cheers and whistling from a public gallery
public health (n) salud (f) pública; sanidad (f) pública
beef from countries in which BSE occurs "is not considered to be a threat to public health" the decision to ban further nuclear testing had been taken because of /concern for public health/ AIDS continues to be /a major public health threat/ because it is a communicable disease that has no cure all TV advertising of tobacco products is banned /for public-health reasons/
public health inspector (n) inspectorainspectora (m) (f) de salud or sanidad pública;a inspectora
he is a public health inspector with the local council
Public Health Service (n) (US) Seguridad (f) Social; servicio público de asistencia sanitaria
Congress authorized the Public Health Service to review the list of infectious diseases
public holiday (n) fiesta (f) nacional; fiesta (f) oficial; (día (m)) feriado (m); (LAm)
Saturday was a public holiday in Iraq markets were closed for a public holiday
public house (n) (Britain) bar (m)
they found him in a gutter outside a Chelsea public house there is a long waiting list for public housing officials have called Detroit's public housing among the worst-managed in the nation
public inquiry (n) investigación (f) oficial
By announcing a public inquiry, the government is also hoping to counter allegations that it may have been involved in a cover-up ...a group which has been pressing for a full public inquiry into the Lockerbie disaster he asked for directions to the nearest public lavatory
public law (n) (discipline, body of legislation) derecho (m) público; (US) (piece of legislation) ley (f) pública
the creation of a body of civil, criminal and public law ensures a higher level of social harmony Neil MacCormick, now Professor of Public Law at Edinburgh University Public Law 94-142 requires states to provide free, appropriate public education Public Lending Right /some authors receive up to £6,000 a year from the Public Lending Right/, which pays them £1.37 each time a book is borrowed from a library
public library (n) biblioteca (f) pública
the New York Public Library both of these books can be obtained from the public library to be active in public life /he retired from public life/ to a monastery I'd like to see more women in public life, especially Parliament his obituary commemorated his tremendous contribution to public life the declining power of religious organizations in public life
public limited company (n) sociedad (f) anónima
British Aerospace became a public limited company and a professional Chairman was appointed most businesses these days are set up as limited companies (Ltd) or as public limited companies (PLC) it's a scandalous waste of public money we want to know why public money was used to pay his legal bill the Universities Funding Council (UFC), which allocates public money on behalf of the Government
public nuisance (n) (Jur) molestia (f) pública
he's a public nuisance siempre está causando problemas or molestias
logically where there are no passers-by apart from men looking for prostitutes there is no public nuisance they'll write letters to owners of properties considered a public nuisance and collect drug litter to bring to court Back in the 1980s drug users were a public nuisance in Zurich he had once denounced drummers as parasites and public nuisances
to cause a public nuisance alterar el orden público
Burrows admitted causing a public nuisance and was yesterday jailed for six months the 45-day jail sentence he received for causing a public nuisance after taking part in a demonstration among public officials, examples of corruption and dishonesty are too numerous to even cite the law forbids public officials from using their office for direct personal gain
public opinion (n) opinión (f) pública
he mobilized public opinion all over the world against hydrogen-bomb tests the politicians have to respond to public opinion
public opinion poll (n) sondeo (m) (de la opinión pública)
public opinion polls showed Grant trailing Murray we believe in public ownership the elimination of class conflict through /extension of public ownership/ and a statutory minimum wage [in] public ownership BR should remain in public ownership in the preceding twelve months in public ownership the NFC had not made enough profits to pay the interest on its loan to [take] [bring] sth into public ownership after the revolution all the landowners' property was taken into public ownership in 1933 the urban transport systems in London were brought into public ownership land can be controlled by bringing it into public ownership the Labour party needs to adopt other strategies than simply to take ailing firms into public ownership a demand to bring private bus companies back into public ownership was firmly rejected
public property (n) (land, buildings) dominio (m) público
...vandals who wrecked public property Half of the north-west's timber land is public property the alleged plundering of public property by the Sandinistas person, private life
he couldn't handle being public property no podía soportar ser un personaje público; his private life is public property su vida privada es de dominio público
For thirty years Castro had been public property, as much nationalized as the sugar industry,or the tobacco companies She complained that /intimate aspects of her personal life had been made public property/
public prosecutor (n) fiscal (m)
the public prosecutor has decided that there's not enough evidence against him to warrant a trial
the Public Prosecutor's Office la fiscalía
note See culture box in entry attorney.
[the] public purse the royal family is funded from the public purse British Steel became hugely unprofitable and a constant drain on the public purse Her Majesty is naturally keen to avoid additional demands upon the public purse it is alarming that the cost of this protection should be met from the public purse
Public Record Office (n) (Britain) archivo (m) nacional
the files, released at the Public Record Office in Kew, West London, contained interviews portraying Hess as a desperate man
public relations (n) relaciones (f) públicas
it's good for public relations his behaviour was not good for public relations
the police action was a public relations disaster la actuación de la policía fue desastrosa para su imagen; it's just a public relations exercise es solo una operación publicitaria or de relaciones públicas
Sotheby's public relations people embarked on an ambitious programme Dunseath Stephen, an agency in Edinburgh, is to handle PR and promotions for the Balmoral Hotel
public relations officer (n) encargadoaencargada (m) (f) de relaciones públicas;a encargada
George is a public relations officer for The John Bennett Trust British Coal's corporate public relations officer defends its open-cast mining record /no visitors were allowed except in public rooms/ and all visitors had to be off the premises by seven at night
public school (n) (Britain) colegio (m) privado; (boarding school) internado (m) privado
that kind of confidence that /a public school education/ gives to people a former public school boy he was headmaster of a public school in the West of England the boy from the streets who went to public school
(US) escuela (f) pública
public school children Milwaukee's public school system a strike by public school teachers in Detroit
the public sector (n) el sector público
60,000 public-sector jobs must be cut se deben eliminar 60.000 puestos de funcionario; se deben eliminar 60.000 puestos en el sector público
Carlos Menem's policy of reducing the public sector and opening up the economy to free-market forces [the] public sector [borrowing requirement] money borrowed by the Government to finance its public sector borrowing requirement" (PSBR)
public servant (n) funcionarioafuncionaria (m) (f);a funcionaria
the pay review body found that senior public servants had fallen well behind their private sector counterparts
public service (n) (Civil Service) administración (f) pública; (usu pl) (community facility) servicio (m) público
she will be remembered for a lifetime of public service se la recordará por cómo entregó su vida al servicio de la comunidad; in doing this they were performing a public service con esto estaban haciendo un servicio a la comunidad
Of all public services, the police were the least affected by the Thatcher revolution The Post Office is a public service which has made the transition to profitable corporation the money is used by local authorities to pay for public services his heroes are men who believed in public service the notion of public service and obligation which has been under such attack an egalitarian society based on cooperation and public service /sportsmen are performing a public service/ by bringing the joys of major-league baseball to their communities
public service announcement comunicado (m) de interés público
A public service announcement on the local radio station advises farmers that they can sue neighbors whose forest fires spread onto their property Israel TV began broadcasting public service announcements on how to prepare for an emergency [in] public service he had had a long career in public service /after a lifetime in public service/, Ray and Monica Jones have trouble making ends meet
public service jobs puestos (m) de funcionario or en el sector público; public service vehicle vehículo (m) de servicio público
no-one with important heart disease may be an airline pilot or a driver of a heavy goods vehicle or public service vehicle
public service worker funcionarioafuncionaria (m) (f);a funcionaria
a strike by /public service workers/
public speaker (n) oradoraoradora (m) (f);a oradora
she is a good public speaker habla muy bien en público; es una buena oradora
public speaking (n) oratoria (f)
unaccustomed as I am to public speaking ... he dreaded public speaking and used to become ill before a scheduled appearance
public spending (n) gasto (m) (del sector) público
the social services account for a substantial part of public spending the government is reducing public spending the society's aim was the fomentation of the ideals of patriotism and public spirit there must have been more to Mary's burst of public spirit than met the eye it would be silly to blame politicians for a lack of public spirit I'd left the hotel and made the call from a public telephone he went to a public telephone booth box and made two calls
public television (n) (US) cadenas (f) públicas (de televisión)
San Francisco has denied a petition by a public television station to videotape executions Wiseman's documentary "Aspen" is on public television tonight
public transport public transportation (US) (n) transporte(s) (m)
plural
público(s); (p)
to ban smoking on public transport prohibir fumar en los medios de transporte público
the new museum must be accessible by public transport she doesn't like using public transport the top priorities for the future must include improving public transport Japan and France have fast, efficient public transport systems Dublin has one of the simplest public transport networks in Europe to travel [on] [by] public transport despite his elevated status he still travels by public transport It always took me an hour because I used to come on public transport
public utility (n) empresa (f) del servicio público
officials said water supplies and other public utilities in the capital were badly affected families on the receiving end of the public welfare system [the] public welfare an individual with communicable tuberculosis represented a threat to the public welfare the fire had resulted from carelessness, not conscious disregard of the public welfare
public works (n) obras (f) públicas
he was preparing a a mighty programme of public works and job creation that lifted the American economy jobs in public works projects
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