Definitions for Privateˈpraɪ vɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pri•vateˈpraɪ vɪt(adj.)

  1. belonging to some particular person or persons:

    private property.

  2. pertaining to or affecting a particular person or a small group of persons:

    for your private satisfaction.

  3. confined to or intended only for the person or persons immediately concerned:

    a private communication.

  4. not holding public office or employment:

    private citizens.

  5. not of an official or public character:

    to return to private life.

  6. removed from or out of public view or knowledge; personal; secret:

    private papers.

  7. not open or accessible to the general public:

    a private beach.

  8. undertaken or operated independently:

    private research.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. working as an independent individual:

    a private detective.

  10. solitary; secluded.

  11. preferring privacy; retiring.

  12. (n.)a soldier of one of the three lowest enlisted ranks.

  13. privates,

    Ref: private parts.

Idioms for private:

  1. in private,not publicly; secretly.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of private:

1350–1400; ME < L prīvātus restricted, private, orig. ptp. of prīvāre to deprive, rob (cf. deprive ); see -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. private, buck private, common soldier(adj)

    an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines

    "our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value"

  2. private(adj)

    confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy

    "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"

  3. private(adj)

    concerning things deeply private and personal

    "private correspondence"; "private family matters"

  4. individual(a), private(adj)

    concerning one person exclusively

    "we all have individual cars"; "each room has a private bath"

  5. secret, private(adj)

    not expressed

    "secret (or private) thoughts"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. private(adjective)ˈpraɪ vɪt

    in a place where you cannot be seen or heard by other people

    a private consultation room; Let's go over there where it's more private.; I needed to discuss it with him in private.

  2. privateˈpraɪ vɪt

    (of personal information) that you do not want everyone to know about

    sb's private records; a private matter

  3. privateˈpraɪ vɪt

    sb's personal activities, not what they do at work

    She doesn't want to talk about her private life.

  4. privateˈpraɪ vɪt

    only for one person or only for the owners to use

    a house with a private pool; his own private jet; private English lessons

  5. privateˈpraɪ vɪt

    paid for or controlled by individuals, not the government

    a private college; a private company; Can we talk privately somewhere?; We'll be paying for her education privately.; a privately owned car

  6. private(noun)ˈpraɪ vɪt

    a soldier of the lowest rank


  1. private(Noun)

    The lowest rank of the army.

  2. private(Noun)

    A soldier of the rank of private.

  3. private(Noun)

    (in plural privates) A euphemistic term for the genitals.

  4. private(Adjective)

    Belonging to, concerning, or accessible only to an individual person or a specific group.

    Her address is private, you can't have it.

  5. private(Adjective)

    Not in governmental office or employment.

    He quit public life, living quietly as a private citizen.

  6. private(Adjective)

    Not publicly known; not open; secret.

    The identity of the beneficiaries of the trust is private.

  7. private(Adjective)

    Protected from view or disturbance by others; secluded.

    Can we go someplace more private?

  8. private(Adjective)

    Intended only for the use of an individual, group, or organization.

    private papers

  9. private(Adjective)

    Not accessible by the public.

    private property.

  10. private(Adjective)

    Not traded by the public.

    private corporation.

  11. private(Adjective)

    Secretive; reserved.

    He is a very private person.

  12. private(Adjective)

    Not shared with another patient.

  13. private(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the genitalia.

    private parts.

  14. Origin: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Private(adj)

    belonging to, or concerning, an individual person, company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general; separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a private purse; private expenses or interests; a private secretary

  2. Private(adj)

    sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer

  3. Private(adj)

    not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life

  4. Private(adj)

    not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding

  5. Private(adj)

    having secret or private knowledge; privy

  6. Private(noun)

    a secret message; a personal unofficial communication

  7. Private(noun)

    personal interest; particular business

  8. Private(noun)

    privacy; retirement

  9. Private(noun)

    one not invested with a public office

  10. Private(noun)

    a common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer

  11. Private(noun)

    the private parts; the genitals


  1. Private

    A private is a soldier of the lowest military rank. In modern military parlance, 'private' is shortened to 'Pte' in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries and to 'Pvt.' in the United States.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Private' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #536

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Private' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1081

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Private' in Adjectives Frequency: #63

Translations for Private

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of, for, or belonging to, one person or group, not to the general public

The headmaster lives in a private apartment in the school; in my private (=personal) opinion; This information is to be kept strictly private; You shouldn't listen to private conversations.

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