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privatus, past participle of privare;
not for the public
for use by one person or group, not for everyone
Morris has a private jet.
He made some notes for his private use.
Many communists objected to any form of
only before noun
not related to, owned by, or paid for by the government
a private hospital
There is private ownership of property in a market economy.
pay for medical treatment instead of getting it free at a public hospital
for only a few
a private meeting, conversation etc involves only two people or a small number of people, and is not for other people to know about
I need to have a private discussion with you.
Are you alone? I just wanted a private word.
private feelings, information, or opinions are personal or secret and not for other people to know about
Jack's private opinion was that she was selfish.
Don't read that - it's private.
not publicly known
used about someone who is not known to the public or not working for the government or another organization
a private citizen
The painting was sold to a private collector.
Seven police and three
needed medical attention.
separate from and not related to your work or your official position
The president is paying a private visit to Europe.
He enjoys everything he does in both his professional and his
quiet and without a lot of people
Why don't we go upstairs where it's more private?
only before noun
a private person is one who likes being alone, and does not talk much about their thoughts or feelings
He's a very private man.
a joke made between friends, family members etc that other people do not understand
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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