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private

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adjective pri·vate \ˈprī-vət\

Definition of private

  1. 1a :  intended for or restricted to the use of a particular person, group, or class a private parkb :  belonging to or concerning an individual person, company, or interest a private housec (1) :  restricted to the individual or arising independently of others private opinion (2) :  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 private studentsd :  not general in effect a private statutee :  of, relating to, or receiving hospital service in which the patient has more privileges than a semiprivate or ward patient

  2. 2a (1) :  not holding public office or employment a private citizen (2) :  not related to one's official position :  personal private correspondenceb :  being a private

  3. 3a :  withdrawn from company or observation a private retreatb :  not known or intended to be known publicly :  secretc :  preferring to keep personal affairs to oneself :  valuing privacy highlyd :  unsuitable for public use or display

  4. 4 :  not having shares that can be freely traded on the open market a private company

privately

adverb

privateness

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Examples of private in a Sentence

  1. It was the first time many had seen works from the artist's private collection.

  2. At work he was always very serious, but in his private life, he was actually very funny and relaxed.

  3. Please keep all my personal information private.

  4. He's a very private person.

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Origin and Etymology of private

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


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private

noun pri·vate

Definition of private

  1. 1 archaic :  one not in public office

  2. 2 obsolete :  privacy

  3. 3 privates plural :  private parts

  4. 4a :  a person of low rank in any of various organizations (such as a police or fire department)b :  an enlisted person of the lowest rank in the marine corps or of one of the two lowest ranks in the army

in private

  1. :  not openly or in public

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First Known Use of private

15th century



PRIVATE Defined for English Language Learners

private

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adjective

Definition of private for English Language Learners

  • : for the use of a single person or group : belonging to one person or group : not public

  • : not relating to a person's official position or job

  • : not known by the public or by other people

private

noun

Definition of private for English Language Learners

  • : a person of the lowest rank in the U.S. or British Army or the U.S. Marines


PRIVATE Defined for Kids

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private

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adjective pri·vate \ˈprī-vət\

Definition of private for Students

  1. 1 :  having to do with or for the use of a single person or group :  not public private property

  2. 2 :  not holding any public office a private citizen

  3. 3 :  1secret 1 private meetings

privately

adverb

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private

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noun pri·vate

Definition of private for Students

  1. :  an enlisted person of the lowest rank in the marine corps or of either of the two lowest ranks in the army


Medical Dictionary

private

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adjective pri·vate \ˈprī-vət\

Medical Definition of private

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or receiving hospital service in which the patient has more privileges than a semiprivate or ward patient

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or being private practice a private office a private practitioner


Law Dictionary

private

adjective pri·vate

Legal Definition of private

  1. 1a :  intended for or restricted to the use of a particular person or group or class of persons :  not available to the public a private park b :  not related to, controlled by, or deriving from the state a private school

  2. 2a :  owned by or concerning an individual person or entity private land b :  not having shares that can be freely traded on the open market a private company

  3. 3 :  affecting the interests of a particular person, class or group of persons, or locality private legislation private rights

  4. 4a :  not invested with or engaged in public office or employment a private citizen b :  not related to or dependent on an official position private correspondence

  5. 5 :  not known publicly or carried on in public; especially :  intended only for the persons involved

  6. 6 :  made under private signature a private instrument



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