private - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    used only by a particular person or group, or available only to them

    a private bathroom/party/plane

    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 bit more private in my office.

    2. b.
      understood by only a few people, not by everyone

      a private joke

    3. c.
      a private person does not talk to other people about their personal life and their feelings
  2. 2
    not connected with someone’s work or their public position

    The minister 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

    private rail companies

    a private hospital

    private property