: intended for or restricted to the use of a particular person, group, or class
a private park
: belonging to or concerning an individual person, company, or interest
a private house
: carried on by the individual independently of the usual institutions
a doctor in private practice
also: being educated by independent study or a tutor or in a private school
: restricted to the individual or arising independently of others
: not general in effect
a private statute
: accommodating only one patient
The private patient room, once a luxury for the privileged few, is about to become the standard for the nation's hospitals, as evidence mounts that shared rooms lead to higher infection rates, more medical errors, privacy violations and harmful stress.—Laura Landro
: staying or recovering in a room accommodating only one patient
It was the first time many had seen works from the artist's private collection.
At work he was always very serious, but in his private life, he was actually very funny and relaxed.
Please keep all my personal information private.
He's a very private person.
Recent Examples on the Web
But as the moving new documentary American Symphony shows, Batiste, like so many artists, has a complex private life that his public rarely glimpses.—Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, 24 Nov. 2023 Training and certification in private pilot, instrument rating and commercial pilot will be offered with all licenses and ratings having full certification and accreditation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).—Ryan Anderson, arkansasonline.com, 24 Nov. 2023 Become a Subscriber Workers were pouring concrete over a Wagner cemetery near the southern Russian city of Samara on August 24, part of Moscow’s punishment for the private army’s one-day mutiny in June.—Anna Nemtsova, The Atlantic, 24 Nov. 2023 Ogilvie’s semi-autobiographical film is set in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1979 where a private schoolboy becomes desperately enamored with all things post-punk.—Leo Barraclough, Variety, 23 Nov. 2023 The Domaine first became the private summer home of the Primat family in the 1980s, who began operating it as a hotel in 2015 before handing over the management to Auberge Resorts Collection earlier this year.—Shon Faye, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2023 Additionally, your parents do not owe you tuition for a private college.—Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 Today’s private spiritual questing is tomorrow’s preening.—Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2023 In addition to pausing all orders for the 100 mg doses of the shot, Sanofi said the lower 50 mg dose will also have allocation constraints in the private market.—Dr. Jade Cobern, ABC News, 12 Nov. 2023
Travis Kelce is keeping details about his romance with Taylor Swift private.—Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023 Army private Travis King, who bolted to North Korea earlier this year, has been charged with a host of crime from the U.S. ranging from desertion to possessing child pornography, according to a report from Reuters.—Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 20 Oct. 2023 Many jackpot recipients would rather keep their good fortune private, with safety being one concern.—Bysteve Mollman, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2023 No details were given of the destination of the American Army private, who had been based in South Korea.—Patrick Smith, NBC News, 27 Sep. 2023 McConnell would have no motive to keep such a snub private, and every reason to accuse Biden of partisan obstruction.—Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 30 Aug. 2023 King, a 23-year-old private who was facing disciplinary action, slipped away after being escorted to a South Korean airport to return to the United States.—Harold Maass, The Week, 16 Aug. 2023 Eventually, the private grows impatient with the public, at which point the partnership could fray.—Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 16 June 2023 The area appears rural, with a roadside restaurant, some privates homes and a small strip of stores.—Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English privat, from Anglo-French, from Latin privatus, from past participle of privare to deprive, release, from privus private, individual; probably akin to Latin pro for, in front of — more at for