Character 7
Hyphenation pri vate
Pronunciations /ˈpɹaɪvət/

Definitions and meanings of "Private"

What do we mean by private?

Secluded from the sight, presence, or intrusion of others. adjective

Designed or intended for one's exclusive use. adjective

Of or confined to the individual; personal. adjective

Undertaken on an individual basis. adjective

Of, relating to, or receiving special hospital services and privileges. adjective

Not available for public use, control, or participation. adjective

Belonging to a particular person or persons, as opposed to the public or the government. adjective

Of, relating to, or derived from nongovernment sources. adjective

Conducted and supported primarily by individuals or groups not affiliated with governmental agencies or corporations. adjective

Enrolled in or attending a private school. adjective

Capitalized in shares of stock that are held by a relatively small number of owners and are not traded on the open market. adjective

Not holding an official or public position. adjective

Not for public knowledge or disclosure; secret. adjective

Not appropriate for use or display in public; intimate. adjective

Placing a high value on personal privacy. adjective

A soldier of the lowest rank in the army.

A doctor working in privately rather than publicly funded health care.

(in the plural) The genitals.

A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.

Personal interest; particular business.

Privacy; retirement.

One not invested with a public office.

(usually in the plural) A private lesson.

Synonyms and Antonyms for Private

The word "private" in example sentences

VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = '"Tax Farming" by Private Collectors Starts This Week at IRS'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'IRS to spend $75 million with 3 private collection agencies (GOP connected?) and give them \'personal, private\' information on 12,500 US taxpayers who owe less than $25,000. ❋ Unknown (2006)

Re Shaun's comment on 4/1/05 see above that includes this sentence: "As I said before, my issue isn't with the sexual orientation, it's with people who lack the discretion to keep their private lives *private*"; and this one: "Were I to go into work Monday morning and regale my coworkers with tales of my sexual exploits, I'd likely lose my job." ❋ Unknown (2005)

But, by one who speaks without notes is generally understood one who has only memorised his leading ideas, and it is always a judicious practice for a beginner to rehearse his leading topics and their amplifications in private, _that he may test his memory_, and then _become familiar_ with a procedure _in private_ in order to be sure to be _perfect in it before the public_. ❋ Unknown (N/A)

Instead of _taking_ "private property," Congress, by abolishing slavery, would say "_private property_ shall not be taken; and those who have been robbed of it already, shall be kept out of it no longer; and every man's right to his own body shall be protected." ❋ American Anti-Slavery Society (N/A)

Instead of _taking_ "private property," Congress, by abolishing slavery, would say "_private property_ shall not _be_ taken; and those who have been robbed of it already, shall be kept out of it no longer; and since every man's right to his own body is _paramount_, he shall be protected in it." ❋ American Anti-Slavery Society (N/A)

But, after all, one must earn enough to pay for the garret; and I confess that to grow old as a private tutor—or a ‘private’ anything—is almost as chilling to the imagination as a second secretaryship at Bucharest. ❋ Unknown (1920)

But he may rest assured that I will not betray any of his private communications to me; I will not follow his example by basely exposing a _private letter; _ even should he again hire James ❋ Henry Hunt (1804)

II. i.223 (370,7) [My lips are no common, though several they be] _Several_, is an inclosed field of a private proprietor, so Maria says, _her lips_ are _private property_. ❋ Samuel Johnson (1746)

If you are content to allow the public access to some parts of your private life or are content to talk about some parts of it (when you're happy about something, or when it's going to benefit you), you cannot then deny the public access to your private life of refuse to talk about it * on the grounds that it's private*! ❋ Unknown (2009)

[keywords] = @keywords, [private] = @private, [category] = @category, [gallerymember] = ❋ Unknown (2008)

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