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privately

adverb uk   /ˈpraɪ.vət.li/ us  

privately adverb (PERSONAL)

B2 in secret, or with only one or two other people present: She spoke privately with the manager. Despite his public support, 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 owned business
Translations of “privately”
in Korean 남몰래…
in Arabic سِرّا…
in Portuguese em particular, intimamente, secretamente…
in Catalan en privat…
in Japanese ひそかに, 内密に…
in Italian privatamente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 私下, 私下地,秘密地…
in Chinese (Simplified) 私下, 私下地,秘密地…
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