private

private
pri|vate1 W1S1 [ˈpraıvıt] adj
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1¦(not for the public)¦
2¦(not government)¦
3¦(for only a few)¦
4¦(secret)¦
5¦(not publicly known)¦
6¦(not work)¦
7¦(quiet place)¦
8¦(person)¦
9 private joke
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: privatus, past participle of privare; DEPRIVE]
1.) ¦(NOT FOR THE PUBLIC)¦
for use by one person or group, not for everyone
≠ ↑public
Morris has a private jet.
He made some notes for his private use.
Many communists objected to any form of private property .
2.) ¦(NOT GOVERNMENT)¦ [only before noun]
not related to, owned by, or paid for by the government
≠ ↑public
a private hospital
There is private ownership of property in a market economy.
private education
go private
BrE (=pay for medical treatment instead of getting it free at a public hospital)
3.) ¦(FOR ONLY A FEW)¦
a private meeting, conversation etc involves only two people or a small number of people, and is not for other people to know about
I need to have a private discussion with you.
Are you alone? I just wanted a private word.
4.) ¦(SECRET)¦
private feelings, information, or opinions are personal or secret and not for other people to know about
Jack's private opinion was that she was selfish.
Don't read that - it's private.
5.) ¦(NOT PUBLICLY KNOWN)¦
used about someone who is not known to the public or not working for the government or another organization
a private citizen
The painting was sold to a private collector.
Seven police and three private individuals needed medical attention.
6.) ¦(NOT WORK)¦
separate from and not related to your work or your official position
The president is paying a private visit to Europe.
He enjoys everything he does in both his professional and his private life .
7.) ¦(QUIET PLACE)¦
quiet and without a lot of people
Why don't we go upstairs where it's more private?
8.) ¦(PERSON)¦ [only before noun]
a private person is one who likes being alone, and does not talk much about their thoughts or feelings
He's a very private man.
9.) private joke
a joke made between friends, family members etc that other people do not understand
→↑privately
private 2
private2 n
1.) in private
without other people being present
I need to speak to you in private.
2.)
a soldier of the lowest rank
3.) privates [plural] informal

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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