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private

adjective uk   /ˈpraɪ.vət/ us  

private adjective (PERSONAL)

B1 only for one person or group and not for everyone: She has a small office that is used for private discussions. I caught him looking through my private papers. The sign on the gate said 'Private Property - No Admittance.'Particular and individual describes activities that involve personal matters or relationships and are not connected with your work: Apparently in interviews he refuses to talk about his private life.Secrecy and privacy B1 describes thoughts and opinions that are secret and not discussed with other people: Although I support the project in public, my private opinion is that it will fail. This is a private matter.Secrecy and privacy describes a place that is quiet and where there are no other people to see or hear you: Is there somewhere private where we can talk?Separateness and isolation in spaceAloneAloneSeparateness and isolation in spaceSecrecy and privacy describes someone who does not like to talk about their personal feelings and thoughts: She's quite a private person.Shy and modestAnxious and worried in private B2 If you talk to someone or do something in private, you do it without other people being present: Jamie wants to speak to me in private.
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private adjective (NOT OFFICIAL)

B2 controlled or paid for by a person or company and not by the government: private education/healthcare a private doctor/dentist Banks should be supporting small private businesses.Business and commerce - general words

private

noun [C] uk   /ˈpraɪ.vət/ us  
(also Private) a soldier of the lowest rank in an army: Private Murray/Sam Murray [as form of address] You're dismissed, Private.Ranks in the Army
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