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personaladjective

 us   /ˈpɜr·sə·nəl/
relating or ​belonging to a ​single or ​particularperson: I ​think you have a personal ​responsibility to ​know when to ​stop. That’s my personal ​opinion. He was given one ​hour to ​pack his personal ​belongings and ​leave.
Personal is also used to refer to ​yourbody: Students are ​taught about personal ​hygiene.
A personal ​action is one that is done by someone ​directlyrather than by someone ​else: The ​governor made a personal ​appearance at the ​hospital.
Personal also ​meansprivate or ​relating to someone’s ​privatelife: Simon’s ​songs are ​intensely personal. He’s got ​problems in his personal ​life.
Personal also refers to an ​intentionallyoffensive or ​criticalremark about someone’s ​character or ​appearance: There’s no need to get personal.
(Definition of personal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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personaladjective

uk   /ˈpɜː.sən.əl/  us   /ˈpɝː.sən.əl/
B1 relating or ​belonging to a ​single or ​particularpersonrather than to a ​group or an ​organization: My personal opinion/​view is that the ​students should be doing more ​workoutside the ​classroom. Her ​uncletakes a personal ​interest in her ​progress. She has her own personal ​secretary/​bodyguard/​fitnessinstructor. Passengers are ​reminded to take all ​their personal belongings with them when they ​leave the ​plane.
A personal ​action is one that is done by someone ​directlyrather than getting another ​person to do it: The ​mayor made a personal appearance at the ​hospital. I will give the ​matter my personal attention.
B1 private or ​relating to someone's ​privatelife: The ​letter was ​marked "Personal. Strictly ​confidential." Do you ​mind if I ​ask you a personal ​question? His ​resignation was ​apparently for personal ​rather than ​professionalreasons. For such a ​famous, ​wealthy man, his personal life was ​surprisinglysimple and ​ordinary.
C1 relating to ​yourbody or ​appearance: She is ​obsessed with personal hygiene.
personal remark/comment
an ​intentionallyoffensiveremark about someone's ​character or ​appearance: Did you have to make such a personal ​remark about her new ​haircut?
get personal informal
to ​start being ​rude to someone about ​theircharacter or ​appearance: As ​long as the ​criticism is ​honestly given and doesn't get personal, I can ​handle it.

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personalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɜː.sən.əl/  us   /ˈpɝː.sən.əl/
the personals
US (UK personal column) the ​part of a ​newspaper or ​magazine that ​containsshortadvertisements and ​privatemessages
(Definition of personal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"personal" in Business English

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personaladjective

uk   us   /ˈpɜːsənəl/
belonging to a ​single or particular ​person rather than to a ​group or an ​organization: The ​risinglevels of personal ​debt are already a considerable problem for the ​economy. There is always some personal ​risk involved in ​purchase decisions.
intended for a ​single or particular ​person rather than for a ​group or an ​organization: He didn't ​earn enough to ​qualify for a personal ​loan.
acting as a ​single or particular ​person rather than a ​group or an ​organization: The ​companydesigns and ​operatesschemes for personal ​customers such as ​creditinsurance.
connected with someone's ​privatelife, rather than their ​job: She has ​resigned from the ​board for personal reasons. The ​lawallows the ​governmentaccess to the personal affairs of many ​people. Only you, or someone you ​authorize, should ​provide your personal ​information to others. The fear is that the ​collection of so much personal ​data by one ​firm could ​expose it to ​theft.
(Definition of personal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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