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personal

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adjective per·son·al \ˈpərs-nəl, ˈpər-sə-nəl\

Simple Definition of personal

  • : belonging or relating to a particular person

  • : made or designed to be used by one person

  • —used to describe someone whose job involves working for or helping a particular person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of personal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or affecting a particular person :  private, individual <personal ambition> <personal financial gain>

  2. 2 a :  done in person without the intervention of another; also :  proceeding from a single person b :  carried on between individuals directly <a personal interview>

  3. 3 :  relating to the person or body

  4. 4 :  relating to an individual or an individual's character, conduct, motives, or private affairs often in an offensive manner <a personal insult>

  5. 5 a :  being rational and self-conscious <personal, responsive government is still possible — John Fischer> b :  having the qualities of a person rather than a thing or abstraction <a personal devil>

  6. 6 :  of, relating to, or constituting personal property <a personal estate>

  7. 7 :  denoting grammatical person

  8. 8 :  intended for private use or use by one person <a personal stereo>

Examples of personal in a sentence

  1. This is just my personal opinion.

  2. I can only tell you what I know from personal experience.

  3. He added his own personal touches to the recipe.

  4. We don't accept personal checks.

  5. He is a personal friend of mine.

  6. She is always concerned about her personal appearance.

  7. We provide each of our customers with personal service.

  8. Golf is a personal interest of mine.

  9. May I ask you a personal question?

  10. That information is very personal, and you have no business asking about it.



Origin of personal

Middle English, from Anglo-French personel, from Late Latin personalis, from Latin persona


First Known Use: 14th century


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personal

noun per·son·al

Definition of personal

  1. 1 :  a short newspaper paragraph relating to the activities of a person or a group or to personal matters

  2. 2 :  a short personal communication in a special column of the classified ads section of a newspaper or periodical

  3. 3 :  personal foul



1861

First Known Use of personal

1861



PERSONAL Defined for Kids

personal

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adjective per·son·al \ˈpər-sə-nəl\

Definition of personal for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or belonging to an individual human being :  not public :  not general <personal property>

  2. 2 :  made or done by a particular individual and not by someone acting for him or her <The mayor made a personal appearance.>

  3. 3 :  of the body <Take precautions for personal safety.>

  4. 4 :  relating to someone's private matters <May I ask you a personal question?>

  5. 5 :  intended for or given to one particular individual <I received personal service.>

  6. 6 :  relating to a particular individual or his or her qualities often in a way that is hurtful <I took the remark as a personal insult.>

personally adverb



Law Dictionary

personal

adjective per·son·al

Legal Definition of personal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or affecting a person: as a :  of, relating to, or based on the existence or presence of a person — see also personal injury, personal jurisdiction at jurisdiction b :  of, relating to, or restricted to a natural person and his or her rights, obligations, affairs, assets, or lifetime <refused to disclose personal information> <released on personal recognizance>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or constituting personal property <personal effects> — see also personal property at property — compare real

personally adverb




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