W1S1 [ˈpə:sənəl US ˈpə:r-] adj
1.) [only before noun]
belonging or relating to one particular person, rather than to other people or to people in general
My personal view is that we shouldn't offer him the job.
Style and colour are a matter of personal taste .
She took full personal responsibility for all the arrangements.
When I went to her room all her personal belongings had gone.
After Alan's death, his mother received his personal effects .
I know from personal experience that you can't trust Ralph.
the personal qualities needed to be successful in business
The car is for personal use only.
On a personal level he felt sympathy for them, but he had a job to do.
celebrities with their own personal trainer
2.) relating to the private areas of your life
I don't answer questions about my personal life .
May I ask you a personal question ?
the records will include other personal details such as nationality, date of birth and address
He's got a few personal problems at the moment.
The envelope was marked 'Personal and Confidential'.
We're not allowed to make personal phone calls at work.
3.) involving rude or upsetting criticism of someone
It's unprofessional to make such personal remarks.
a bitter personal attack on the president
There's no need to get personal !
(it's) nothing personal
(=used to tell someone that you are not criticizing them)
It's nothing personal, I just have to go home now.
4.) if you give something your personal care or attention, you deal with it yourself instead of asking someone else to do it
Small companies can devote more personal attention to each project.
As you get promoted in a firm you lose that personal contact (=meeting and dealing with people yourself) .
5.) personal friend
someone who you know well, especially a famous or important person
personal friend of
Apparently the director is a personal friend of hers.
6.) [only before noun]
relating to your body or the way you look
Grant was always fussy about his personal appearance .
the importance of personal hygiene
7.) personal touch
something you do to make something special, or that makes someone feel special
It's those extra personal touches that make our service better.
8.) personal best
the fastest time, most points etc that a ↑sportsman or ↑sportswoman has ever achieved
I ran 20.51 seconds for a personal best.
9.) personal development
improvements in your character and skills
COLLOCATES for sense 1
somebody's (own) personal view/opinion
personal taste/preference
personal possessions/property/belongings
personal effects (=small possessions, clothing, documents etc)
(know something from) personal experience
personal qualities
take a personal interest (in something)
for personal use
on a personal level (=used for giving your own opinion, rather than that of an organization etc you represent)
personal trainer/bodyguard/assistant (=someone who works for you and only you)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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