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English adjective: private

1. private confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy


SamplesA private place.
Private discussions.
Private lessons.
A private club.
A private secretary.
Private property.
The former President is now a private citizen.
Public figures struggle to maintain a private life.


Similarbackstage, clannish, cliquish, cloistered, close, closed-door, clubby, confidential, confidential, head-to-head, insular, nonpublic, offstage, one-on-one, privy, reclusive, secluded, secluded, secret, secret, semiprivate, sequestered, snobbish, snobby, tete-a-tete, toffee-nosed


See alsoesoteric, personal


Antonymspublic

2. private concerning things deeply private and personal


SamplesPrivate correspondence.
Private family matters.


Similarpersonal


Antonymsimpersonal

3. private concerning one person exclusively


SamplesWe all have individual cars.
Each room has a private bath.


Synonymsindividual


Similarpersonal


Antonymsimpersonal

4. private not expressed


SamplesSecret (or private) thoughts.


Synonymssecret


Similarinward


Antonymsoutward


English noun: private

1. private (person) an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines


SamplesOur prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value.


Synonymsbuck private, common soldier


Broader (hypernym)enlisted man









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