[ prahy-vit ]
/ ˈpraɪ vɪt /
belonging to some particular person: private property.
pertaining to or affecting a particular person or a small group of persons; individual; personal: for your private satisfaction.
confined to or intended only for the persons immediately concerned; confidential: a private meeting.
personal and not publicly expressed: one's private feelings.
not holding public office or employment: private citizens.
not of an official or public character; unrelated to one's official job or position: a former senator who has returned to private life; a college president speaking in his private capacity as a legal expert.
removed from or out of public view or knowledge; secret: private papers.
not open or accessible to the general public: a private beach.
undertaken individually or personally: private research.
without the presence of others; alone: Let's go into another room where we can be private.
solitary; secluded: He wants to meet us in a more private place.
preferring privacy; retiring: a very private person.
intimate; most personal: private behavior.
of, having, or receiving special hospital facilities, privileges, and services, especially a room of one's own and liberal visiting hours: a private room; a private patient.
of lowest military rank.
of, relating to, or coming from nongovernmental sources: private funding.
a soldier of one of the three lowest enlisted ranks.
privates. private parts.
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in private, not publicly; secretly: The hearing will be conducted in private.
Origin of private
SYNONYMS FOR private
pri·vate·ly, adverbpri·vate·ness, nounqua·si-pri·vate, adjectivequa·si-pri·vate·ly, adverb
un·pri·vate, adjectiveun·pri·vate·ly, adverbun·pri·vate·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for in private
/ (ˈpraɪvɪt) /
not widely or publicly knownthey had private reasons for the decision
confidential; secreta private conversation
not for general or public usea private bathroom
(prenominal) individual; specialmy own private recipe
(prenominal) having no public office, rank, etca private man
(prenominal) denoting a soldier of the lowest military ranka private soldier
of, relating to, or provided by a private individual or organization, rather than by the state or a public bodythe private sector; private housing
(of a place) retired; sequestered; not overlooked
(of a person) reserved; uncommunicative
in private in secret; confidentially
a soldier of the lowest rank, sometimes separated into qualification grades, in many armies and marine corpsprivate first class
Derived Formsprivately, adverb
Word Origin for private
C14: from Latin prīvātus belonging to one individual, withdrawn from public life, from prīvāre to deprive, bereave
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Idioms and Phrases with in private (1 of 2)
Not in public; secretly, confidentially. For example, The hearings will be conducted in private, or May I speak to you in private? [Late 1500s] For an antonym, see in public.
Idioms and Phrases with in private (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with private
- private eye
- free (private) enterprise
- in private
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