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English definition of “privately”

privately

adverb uk   /ˈpraɪ.vət.li/ us  

privately adverb (PERSONAL)

B2 in secret, or with only one or two other people present: She spoke privately with the manager. Despite his public support, privately (= secretly) he was worried.

privately adverb (NOT OFFICIAL)

by a person or company and not by the government: a privately owned business
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