|Origin:||privatus, past participle of privare; DEPRIVE|
pri‧vate1 S1 W1
for use by one person or group, not for everyone [≠ public]:
not for the public
Morris has a private jet.
He made some notes for his private use.
Many communists objected to any form of private property.
not related to, owned by, or paid for by the government [≠ public]:
not government[only before noun]
a private hospital
There is private ownership of property in a market economy.
go private British English (=pay for medical treatment instead of getting it free at a public hospital)
a private meeting, conversation etc involves only two people or a small number of people, and is not for other people to know about:
for only a few
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.
used about someone who is not known to the public or not working for the government or another organization:
not publicly known
a private citizen
The painting was sold to a private collector.
Seven police and three private individuals 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 private life.
quiet and without a lot of people:
Why don't we go upstairs where it's more private?
a private person is one who likes being alone, and does not talk much about their thoughts or feelings:
person[only before noun]
He's a very private man.
a joke made between friends, family members etc that other people do not understand