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Princeton's WordNet

  1. privately, in private, in cameraadverb

    kept private or confined to those intimately concerned

    "it was discussed privately between the two men"; "privately, she thought differently"; "some member of his own party hoped privately for his defeat"; "he was questioned in private"

  2. privatelyadverb

    by a private person or interest

    "a privately financed campaign"


  1. privatelyadverb

    In a private manner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Privatelyadverb

    Secretly; not openly.

    Etymology: from private.

    There, this night,
    We’ll pass the business privately and well. William Shakespeare.

    And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately. Mat. xxiv. 3.


  1. privately

    Privately refers to something done or existing in a personal or confidential manner. It often refers to actions undertaken without the knowledge or involvement of other people, usually in a secluded, non-public space. This term can also refer to anything owned or operated by non-governmental entities or individuals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Privatelyadverb

    in a private manner; not openly; without the presence of others

  2. Privatelyadverb

    in a manner affecting an individual; personally not officially; as, he is not privately benefited

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'privately' in Adverbs Frequency: #396

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of privately in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of privately in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of privately in a Sentence

  1. James Comey:

    I’m getting crushed all over the place, and you won’t say publicly what you told me privately? we really can’t do anything about it.

  2. Chang Li:

    The Shandong economy is skewed toward gritty smoke-stack industries where companies are typically highly leveraged, we view the plight of Shandong POEs (privately owned enterprises) as indicative of China's wider challenge: the difficulty of transitioning to a higher value-added economy, while managing high debt and slowing growth.

  3. Maxine Waters:

    While I appreciate the time that the Swiss government officials took to meet with us, my concerns remain with allowing a large tech company to create a privately controlled, alternative global currency.

  4. Justin Amash:

    From the time the President was elected, I was urging them to remain independent and to be willing to push back against the President where they thought he was wrong, they've decided to stick with the President time and again, even where they disagree with him privately.

  5. Peter Harvey:

    Ms. Jolie has been working privately for four and a half years to both heal her family and to fight for improvements to the system to ensure that other families do not experience what hers has endured.

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