personal

adjective
per·​son·​al | \ ˈpərs-nəl How to pronounce personal (audio) , ˈpər-sə-nəl\

Definition of personal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or affecting a particular person : private, individual personal ambition personal financial gain
2a : done in person without the intervention of another also : proceeding from a single person
b : carried on between individuals directly a personal interview
3 : relating to the person or body
4 : relating to an individual or an individual's character, conduct, motives, or private affairs often in an offensive manner a personal insult
5a : 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 : of, relating to, or constituting personal property a personal estate
7 : denoting grammatical person
8 : intended for private use or use by one person a personal stereo

personal

noun

Definition of personal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a short newspaper paragraph relating to the activities of a person or a group or to personal matters
2 : a short personal communication in a special column of the classified ads section of a newspaper or periodical

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Examples of personal in a Sentence

Adjective

This is just my personal opinion. I can only tell you what I know from personal experience. He added his own personal touches to the recipe. We don't accept personal checks. He is a personal friend of mine. She is always concerned about her personal appearance. We provide each of our customers with personal service. Golf is a personal interest of mine. May I ask you a personal question? That information is very personal, and you have no business asking about it.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Making another hair-180 is up to personal preference and finances. Glamour, "7 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Going From Blond to Brunette," 30 Mar. 2019 Politicians must overcome the tension between a 2016 referendum demanding Brexit and the personal preference of many lawmakers to stay in the EU. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "The U.K.’s Brexit Journey of Self-Discovery," 28 Mar. 2019 That can lead to a cascade effect, where hackers gain access to more and more of your personal information. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "WebAuthn: What you need to know about the future of the passwordless Web," 7 Mar. 2019 If ditching the morning commute wasn't enough, this position comes with other perks including an employee discount and access to the Employee Assistance Program, which provides 24/7 support and resources for professional and personal needs. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon Is Hiring 3,000 Work-from-Home Positions — Find Out If You Qualify," 12 Mar. 2019 In both cases, the owner is shown taking some personal (a picture, or a necklace) from one device to the other—just as files can be migrated from one PC to the next. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system's impending death," 12 Mar. 2019 Go here to read all the nice things Bradley and Lady Gaga have said about their personal and professional relationship. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Lady Gaga Speaks Out About Rumors of a Romance with Bradley Cooper," 28 Feb. 2019 Gou seems like a fresh, curious, interesting, and talented creative who is lucky enough to travel the world and see the dance-floor attire of every tribe of revelry up close and personal. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Meet Kirin’s Peggy Gou: The DJ Turned Designer Mixing Fashion and Club Culture," 28 Feb. 2019 Profit climbed in RBC’s personal and commercial banking division and its Canadian banking division, the two segments that bring in most of RBC’s profit. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Royal Bank of Canada’s Revenue Climbs 7%," 22 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Silbert told The Sacramento Bee in an interview that Newsom attended Delancey Street Foundation roughly once a week for three years for personal and group therapy. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Gavin Newsom didn't really go to rehab | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Apr. 2018 Some dating sites and Craigslist’s personals page have already fallen victim to the new laws. Susan Elizabeth Shepard, Vox, "It’s International Whores’ Day. Let’s talk about why strippers need better labor laws.," 1 June 2018 Police found that the boy had posted an ad on Craigslist.org under Hartford/personals/casual encounters. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester Man Faces Federal Child Porn Charges," 26 Apr. 2018 The online site, which features free classified ads for everything from jobs to housing to dump trucks, shut down its personals sections Friday for U.S. sites. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Craigslist ditches personals ads following passage of sex-trafficking law | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Mar. 2018 On the 40-yard dash, try for personal bests in both attempts because the times are averaged, but decelerate gradually to avoid pulling a muscle. Liz Clarke, chicagotribune.com, "'Super agents' rep 75 percent of NFL players. It's a competitive fight to sign the rest.," 20 Apr. 2018 One of them feels personal: Gomes cast his girlfriend and best friend to portray a couple getting engaged on a beach. Muri Assunção, Billboard, "Meet Nuno Gomes, the Director Behind Videos From Latin Superstars Ozuna and Natti Natasha," 21 May 2018 In one sting, a deputy posted an ad in the personals section on doublelist.com. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Operation reduces crime, drug overdoses, sheriff's office says," 18 May 2018 The Pacers had a foul to give, but Thaddeus Young, wearing five personals, was not the wisest choice as James' defender. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers 2018: James' 44-point, last-shot masterpiece wins Game 5: Bill Livingston (photos)," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of personal

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for personal

Adjective

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

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personal

adjective

English Language Learners 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

personal

adjective
per·​son·​al | \ ˈpər-sə-nəl How to pronounce personal (audio) \

Kids Definition of personal

1 : of, relating to, or belonging to an individual human being : not public : not general personal property
2 : made or done by a particular individual and not by someone acting for him or her The mayor made a personal appearance.
3 : of the body Take precautions for personal safety.
4 : relating to someone's private matters May I ask you a personal question?
5 : intended for or given to one particular individual I received personal service.
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.

Other Words from personal

personally adverb

personal

adjective
per·​son·​al

Legal Definition of personal

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

Other Words from personal

personally adverb

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