public service

  • Noun
  • the business of supplying something (such as electricity, gas, or transportation) to the members of a community
    1. The cost of public services is on the rise.
  • something that is done to help people rather than to make a profit
    1. The station is running antismoking commercials as a public service.
    2. The company is heavily involved in public service.
    3. The TV station showed a public service announcement [=an announcement made for the good of the public] on drunk driving.
  • work that someone does as part of a government
    1. He works in public service.
    2. She has devoted her life to public service.

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