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private

adjective uk   /ˈpraɪ.vət/ us  

private adjective (PERSONAL)

B1 only for one person or group and not for everyone: She has a small office that is used for private discussions. I caught him looking through my private papers. The sign on the gate said 'Private Property - No Admittance.' describes activities that involve personal matters or relationships and are not connected with your work: Apparently in interviews he refuses to talk about his private life. B1 describes thoughts and opinions that are secret and not discussed with other people: Although I support the project in public, my private opinion is that it will fail. This is a private matter. describes a place that is quiet and where there are no other people to see or hear you: Is there somewhere private where we can talk? describes someone who does not like to talk about their personal feelings and thoughts: She's quite a private person. in private B2 If you talk to someone or do something in private, you do it without other people being present: Jamie wants to speak to me in private.
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private adjective (NOT OFFICIAL)

B2 controlled or paid for by a person or company and not by the government: private education/healthcare a private doctor/dentist Banks should be supporting small private businesses.

private

noun [C] uk   /ˈpraɪ.vət/ us  
(also Private) a soldier of the lowest rank in an army: Private Murray/Sam Murray [as form of address] You're dismissed, Private.
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