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private companynoun [C]

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a ​company whose shares are not ​traded on a stockmarket: EM.TV is a family-owned ​privatecompany.
(Definition of private company from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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private companynoun [C]

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FINANCE a ​company that is ​owned by one ​person or a ​smallgroup of ​people, for ​example a family, and whose ​shares are not ​traded on a ​stockmarket: A ​privatecompany can ​pay its ​directors whatever it chooses.
ECONOMICS a ​company that is not ​owned by the ​government: private and state-run ​companies
(Definition of private company from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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