personal

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adjective

per·​son·​al ˈpərs-nəl How to pronounce personal (audio)
ˈpər-sə-nəl
1
: of, relating to, or affecting a particular person : private, individual
personal ambition
personal financial gain
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
: 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
5
a
: being rational and self-conscious
personal, responsive government is still possibleJohn 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

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noun

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
3

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Mark Robinson spoke at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee on Monday evening to talk about his personal experience with economic struggles and how government officials can make a difference. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 16 July 2024 As many as 1 in 3 Americans may have had personal information compromised, some of which is purportedly being trafficked on the dark web — and is expected to enable identity theft, as well as tax, insurance and mortgage fraud. Courtenay Brown, Axios, 15 July 2024
Noun
Academic painting emphasised idealisation and polish; the impressionists valued freedom of technique, a personal rather than a conventional approach to subject matter, and the truthful reproduction of nature. The Week Uk, theweek, 6 Apr. 2024 The hospital itself has been substantially damaged, and in acute need of oxygen and essential medical supplies, water, food and fuel as well as medical personal, the WHO said. Abc News, ABC News, 10 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for personal 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of personal was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Personal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personal. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

personal

1 of 2 adjective
per·​son·​al ˈpərs-nəl How to pronounce personal (audio)
-ᵊn-əl
1
: of, relating to, or belonging to a person : private
personal property
2
a
: done in person
b
: proceeding from or directed to a single person
c
: carried on between individuals directly
3
: relating to the person or body
your personal appearance
4
: closely related to an individual : intimate
5
: indicating grammatical person

personal

2 of 2 noun
: a short paragraph or ad in a newspaper relating to personal matters

Legal Definition

personal

adjective
per·​son·​al
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
personally adverb

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