private

  • 1 private — pri‧vate [ˈpraɪvt] adjective [only before a noun] 1. private property, businesses, activities etc are owned or paid for by people and companies, rather than the government: • They transferred ownership of thousands of companies from the state to …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 private — pri·vate adj 1 a: intended for or restricted to the use of a particular person or group or class of persons: not available to the public a private park b: not related to, controlled by, or deriving from the state a private school 2 a: owned by or …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Private — Media Group  Pour l’article homonyme, voir Private (homonymie).  Private Media Group …

    Wikipédia en Français

  • 4 Private — Pri vate (?; 48), a. [L. privatus apart from the state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr. privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward (hence, alone, single) …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 private — [prī′vət] adj. [ME pryvat < L privatus, belonging to oneself, not to the state < privare, to separate, deprive < privus, separate, peculiar, prob. akin to OL pri: see PRIME] 1. of, belonging to, or concerning a particular person or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Private — can refer to:* Privacy, the ability of a person to control the availability and path of information about himself or herself and exposure of himself or herself. * privately held companies * Private (rank), a military grade * Private (film), a… …

    Wikipedia

  • 7 private — ► ADJECTIVE 1) for or belonging to one particular person or group only. 2) (of a service or industry) provided by an individual or commercial company rather than the state. 3) (of thoughts, feelings, etc.) not to be shared or revealed. 4) (of a… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 Private — Pri vate (pr[imac] v[asl]t), n. 1. A secret message; a personal unofficial communication. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Personal interest; particular business.[Obs.] [1913 Webster] Nor must I be unmindful of my private. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 private — (adj.) late 14c., from L. privatus set apart, belonging to oneself (not to the state), used in contrast to publicus, communis; originally pp. stem of privare to separate, deprive, from privus one s own, individual, from Old L. pri before.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 private — [adj1] personal, intimate behind the scenes*, clandestine, closet*, close to one’s chest*, confidential, discreet, exclusive, hushed, hush hush*, independent, individual, inside, nonpublic, not open, off the record*, own, particular, privy*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 private — [[t]pra͟ɪvɪt[/t]] ♦♦ privates 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Private industries and services are owned or controlled by an individual person or a commercial company, rather than by the state or an official organization. ...a joint venture with private… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 private — Affecting or belonging to private individuals, as distinct from the public generally. Not official; not clothed with office. People v. Powell, 280 Mich. 699, 274 N.W. 372, 373. As to private act private agent private bill private boundary private …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 13 private — adj. & n. adj. 1 belonging to an individual; one s own; personal (private property). 2 confidential; not to be disclosed to others (private talks). 3 kept or removed from public knowledge or observation. 4 a not open to the public. b for an… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 14 private — pri|vate1 W1S1 [ˈpraıvıt] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(not for the public)¦ 2¦(not government)¦ 3¦(for only a few)¦ 4¦(secret)¦ 5¦(not publicly known)¦ 6¦(not work)¦ 7¦(quiet place)¦ 8¦(person)¦ 9 private joke ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 private — privately, adv. privateness, n. /pruy vit/, adj. 1. belonging to some particular person: private property. 2. pertaining to or affecting a particular person or a small group of persons; individual; personal: for your private satisfaction. 3.… …

    Universalium

  • 16 private — 1 / praIvit/ adjective 1 NOT FOR EVERYONE only for use by one particular person or group, not for everyone: a private road | private property 2 SECRET a) private feelings, information, or opinions are personal or secret and not for other people… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 private — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English privat, from Anglo French, from Latin privatus, from past participle of privare to deprive, release, from privus private, individual; probably akin to Latin pro for, in front of more at for Date: 14th… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 private — I UK [ˈpraɪvət] / US adjective *** 1) used only by a particular person or group, or available only to them a private bathroom/party/plane a) used about places or situations where other people cannot see or hear you They found a private spot where …

    English dictionary

  • 19 private — pri|vate1 [ praıvət ] adjective *** 1. ) used only by a particular person or group, or available only to them: a private bathroom/party/plane a ) used about places or situations where other people cannot see or hear you: They found a private spot …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 private — 1. adjective 1) his private plane Syn: personal, own, individual, special, exclusive, privately owned Ant: public 2) private talks Syn: confidential, secr …

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