English definition of “private”
NOT EVERYONE › only for one person or group and not for everyone: Each room has a balcony and a private bathroom. You can't park here - this is private property.
NOT GOVERNMENT › controlled by or paid for by a person or company and not by the government: Charles went to a private school.
SECRET › If information or an emotion is private, you do not want other people to know about it: This is a private matter - it doesn't concern you.
in private › If you do something in private, you do it where other people cannot see or hear you: I need to talk to you in private.
sb's private life › someone's personal relationships and activities and not their work
QUIET › A place which is private is quiet and there are no other people there to see or hear what you are doing: Is there somewhere private where we can talk? privately adverb