Meaning of “private” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /ˈpraɪvɪt/

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.

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B2 controlled by or paid for by a person or company and not by the government:

Charles went to a private school.
She had an expensive private education.

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.
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.
sb's private life

someone's personal relationships and activities and not their work


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?
privately adverb

(Definition of “private adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)