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take something public
1. to make something known to the public. You gotta take it public—put it on the street—even when it's none of your business. Don't take it public. You'll just get talked about.
2. to sell shares in a company to the general public. (Securities markets.) The board decided not to take the company public. We're going to take it public whenever the market looks good.