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"privately" in British English

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privatelyadverb

uk   us   /ˈpraɪ.vət.li/
  • privately adverb (PERSONAL)

B2 in ​secret, or with only one or two other ​peoplepresent: She ​spoke privately with the ​manager. Despite his ​publicsupport, privately (= ​secretly) he was ​worried.

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  • privately adverb (NOT OFFICIAL)

by a ​person or ​company and not by the ​government: a privately ​ownedbusiness
(Definition of privately from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"privately" in Business English

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privatelyadverb

uk   us   /ˈpraɪvətli/
not said or done ​officially or ​publicly: say/acknowledge/admit privately Officials privately ​admitted that the ​data was unreliable.speak/meet privately (with sb) He ​met privately with his ​administrativeteam late in the day.
ECONOMICS owned or ​financed by a ​company or ​group of ​people, rather than by the ​government: privately ​run/​operated/​managed. privately ​fundedprojects
(Definition of privately from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “privately”
in Arabic سِرّا…
in Korean 남몰래…
in Portuguese em particular, intimamente, secretamente…
in Catalan en privat…
in Japanese ひそかに, 内密に…
in Chinese (Simplified) 私下, 私下地,秘密地…
in Chinese (Traditional) 私下, 私下地,秘密地…
in Italian privatamente…
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