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adjective personal pronunciation in American English /ˈpɜrsən(ə)l/
  1. 1
    [usually before noun] used about your own opinions or feelings

    My own personal view is that boxing should be banned.

    Choosing a new car is a matter of personal preference.

    1. a.
      used about events or experiences in your life

      her own personal tragedy

      Most writers use personal experience as the basis for their novels.

    2. b.
      used about things that you own

      Many of her personal belongings had been stolen.

      Every scrap of personal property was removed from his pockets.

    3. c.
      used about services or objects that you do not share with anyone else

      I've decided to hire a personal trainer.

      He has his own personal telephone in his bedroom.

  2. 2
    private and not known or available to most people

    This is a personal matter and does not concern you.

    a personal conversation/letter

    for personal reasons:

    She quit her job for personal reasons.

    personal problems (=ones concerning your relationships or health):

    He's had a few personal problems recently.

  3. 4
    [only before noun] involving a direct relationship between two people who know each other

    The two leaders had a good personal relationship.

    Sue and Harry are close personal friends.

    personal chemistry (=strong feelings when two people have a very special close relationship):

    the unique personal chemistry between twins

  4. 5
    done by a person directly, instead of by a representative

    The Dixie Chicks will be making a personal appearance at the awards ceremony.

    the president's personal involvement in the project

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