Definitions for Privateˈpraɪ vɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
belonging to some particular person or persons:
pertaining to or affecting a particular person or a small group of persons:
for your private satisfaction.
confined to or intended only for the person or persons immediately concerned:
a private communication.
not holding public office or employment:
not of an official or public character:
to return to private life.
removed from or out of public view or knowledge; personal; secret:
not open or accessible to the general public:
a private beach.
undertaken or operated independently:
Category: Common Vocabulary
working as an independent individual:
a private detective.
preferring privacy; retiring.
(n.)a soldier of one of the three lowest enlisted ranks.
Ref: private parts.
Idioms for private:
in private,not publicly; secretly.
Origin of private:
1350–1400; ME < L prīvātus restricted, private, orig. ptp. of prīvāre to deprive, rob (cf. deprive ); see -ate1
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"
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"
concerning things deeply private and personal
"private correspondence"; "private family matters"
concerning one person exclusively
"we all have individual cars"; "each room has a private bath"
"secret (or private) thoughts"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
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.
(of personal information) that you do not want everyone to know about
sb's private records; a private matter
sb's personal activities, not what they do at work
She doesn't want to talk about her private life.
only for one person or only for the owners to use
a house with a private pool; his own private jet; private English lessons
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
a soldier of the lowest rank
The lowest rank of the army.
A soldier of the rank of private.
(in plural privates) A euphemistic term for the genitals.
Belonging to, concerning, or accessible only to an individual person or a specific group.
Her address is private, you can't have it.
Not in governmental office or employment.
He quit public life, living quietly as a private citizen.
Not publicly known; not open; secret.
The identity of the beneficiaries of the trust is private.
Protected from view or disturbance by others; secluded.
Can we go someplace more private?
Intended only for the use of an individual, group, or organization.
Not accessible by the public.
Not traded by the public.
He is a very private person.
Not shared with another patient.
Pertaining to the genitalia.
Origin: From privatus, perfect passive participle of privo, from privus.
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
sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer
not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life
not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding
having secret or private knowledge; privy
a secret message; a personal unofficial communication
personal interest; particular business
one not invested with a public office
a common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer
the private parts; the genitals
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Private' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #536
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Private' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1081
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.
- privadoPortuguese (BR)
- ιδιωτικός, ιδιαίτερος, προσωπικός, ατομικόςGreek
- isiklik, era-Estonian
- व्यक्तिगत, वैयक्तिकHindi
- privatus, asmeninisLithuanian
- privāts; personisksLatvian
- privat, personal; secret; intimRomanian
- частный, личныйRussian
- privat, personligSwedish
- 私人的Chinese (Trad.)
- نجي، خاصUrdu
- riêng tưVietnamese
- 私人的Chinese (Simp.)
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