- 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 person) not choosing to share their thoughts and feelings. 5) (of a person) having no official or public position. 6) not connected with one's work or official position: the president visited the country in a private capacity. 7) (of a place) secluded.► NOUN 1) the lowest rank in the army, below lance corporal. 2) (privates) informal short for PRIVATE PARTS(Cf. ↑private parts).● in private — Cf. ↑in privateDERIVATIVES privately adverb.ORIGIN Latin privatus 'withdrawn from public life' from privus 'single, individual' .
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Privately — Pri vate*ly (pr[imac] v[asl]t*l[y^]), adv. [1913 Webster] 1. In a private manner; not openly; without the presence of others. [1913 Webster] 2. In a manner affecting an individual; personally; not officially; as, he is not privately benefited.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
privately — index alone (solitary), in person Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
privately — private pri‧vate [ˈpraɪvt] 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… … Financial and business terms
privately — pri|vate|ly [ˈpraıvıtli] adv 1.) with no one else present = in private ▪ I must talk to you privately. 2.) if you feel or think something privately, you do not tell anyone about it ▪ Laura praised the pictures, though she privately thought they… … Dictionary of contemporary English
privately — adverb 1 with no one else present: Could I speak to you privately? 2 if you feel or think something privately, you do not tell anyone about it (sentence adverb): Privately, Prue felt that the whole exercise was a waste of time. 3 especially BrE… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
privately — pri|vate|ly [ praıvətli ] adverb ** 1. ) in a place where no other people can see or hear you: We wanted to speak privately. a ) used about thoughts or feelings that you do not express: They were privately furious about it. Privately, he hoped… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
privately */*/ — UK [ˈpraɪvətlɪ] / US adverb 1) a) in a place where no other people can see or hear you We wanted to speak privately. b) used about thoughts or feelings that you do not express They were privately furious about it. Privately, he hoped they would… … English dictionary
privately — adverb 1. kept private or confined to those intimately concerned (Freq. 7) it was discussed privately between the two men privately, she thought differently some member of his own party hoped privately for his defeat he was questioned in private… … Useful english dictionary
privately — [[t]praɪvɪtli[/t]] ADV: ADV after v If you buy or sell something privately, you buy it from or sell it to another person directly, rather than in a shop or through a business. → See also private The whole process makes buying a car privately as… … English dictionary
privately — adverb 1) we must talk privately Syn: in secret, secretly, in private, behind closed doors, in camera; in confidence, confidentially, between ourselves, entre nous, off the record; formal sub rosa Ant: publicly 2) … Thesaurus of popular words
privately — [ˈpraɪvətli] adv 1) in a place where no other people can see or hear you We wanted to speak privately.[/ex] 2) used about thoughts or feelings that you do not express Privately, he hoped they would refuse.[/ex] 3) by people who provide money… … Dictionary for writing and speaking English