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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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Year-to-date, seven new Mortgage REITs have gone public, raising more than $800 million.
"For companies that might have gone public in late 1980s or early 1990s with limited revenue, it wasn't a doable deal when you've got more layers of bureaucracy and paperwork you have to satisfy with the new heavy-handed laws," Foote said.
Big winners who have gone public include North Belfast grandmother Iris Jeffrey who won pounds 20.1million in 2004 and former Short Strand bus driver Peter Lavery whose lucky numbers earned him pounds 10.2million in 1996.