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adjective private pronunciation in American English /ˈpraɪvət/
  1. 1
    used only by a particular person or group, or available only to them
    a private bathroom/party/plane
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    1. a.
      used about places or situations where other people cannot see or hear you
      They found a private spot where they could talk.
      It’ll be a little more private in my office.
  2. 2
    not connected with someones work or their public position
    The mayor has been using public funds to finance private dealings.
    private life: What you do in your private life has nothing to do with your boss.
  3. 3
    business controlled or owned by individual people or companies, rather than by the government
    a private hospital
    private property

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