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private

adjective
 
 
/ˈpraɪvɪt/
NOT EVERYONE B1 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.Particular and individualExcluding
NOT GOVERNMENT B2 controlled by or paid for by a person or company and not by the government: Charles went to a private school.Businesses and enterprises
SECRET B1 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.Secrecy and privacy
in private B2 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.Secrecy and privacy
sb's private life someone's personal relationships and activities and not their workSecrecy and privacy
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?Secrecy and privacy
privately adverb
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