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Public

1. Describing anything available to the population at large. For example, a publicly-traded company may be owned and traded by anyone with the money to buy shares.

2. Describing anything owned or administered by a government. For example, a municipality owns and maintains a public park.
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Turning quickly to the other variables in Table 2, as suggested by Figure 1, recent presidents appear to have gone public somewhat more vigorously, commencing with President Reagan.
Sales appeared to be booming, and the company had just gone public, raising nearly $116 million.
But with hundreds of mainstream Internet businesses already having inked major deals for financing, grown, gone public, and made a killing--and with scores of others falling flat under the weight of expectations--the real question is why these gay-oriented companies are so late to the game and if they are really ready to go public.