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adjective personal pronunciation in British English /ˈpɜː(r)s(ə)nəl/
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  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 fitness 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 resigned from her job for personal reasons.
    personal problems (=ones concerning your relationships or health): He’s had a few personal problems recently.
  3. 3
    aimed at one particular person, in an unfriendly or offensive way
    He saw her comments as a personal attack.
  4. 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
  5. 5
    done by a person directly, rather than by a representative
    The Rolling Stones will be making a personal appearance at the awards ceremony.
    the president’s personal involvement in the project
    1. a.
      used for describing something that is friendly and shows your personality
      Her visit to my office was a nice personal touch.
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