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personal

adjective
 
 
/ˈpɜːsənəl/
RELATING TO A PERSON [always before noun] B1 relating to or belonging to a particular person: I can only speak from my own personal experience. Please ensure you take all personal belongings with you when you leave the train. This is a personal view and not that of the government.Particular and individual
PRIVATE B1 relating to the private parts of someone's life, including their relationships and feelings: He's got a few personal problems at the moment. She prefers to keep her personal and professional lives separate.Secrecy and privacy
FOR ONE PERSON [always before noun] B1 designed for or used by one person: a personal computer/tutor a personal loan/pensionParticular and individual
RUDE rude about or offensive towards someone: I know you're upset, but there's no need to get personal (= start making offensive remarks).Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
BODY [always before noun] relating to your body: personal hygiene The bodyPersonal hygiene and appearance - general wordsCleaning generally
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