Definitions of private

  1. an enlisted man of the lowest rank; " our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value"
  2. concerning one person exclusively; " we all have individual cars"; " each room has a private bath"
  3. confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; " a 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"
  4. not expressed; " secret ( or private) thoughts"
  5. concerning things deeply private and personal; " private correspondence"; " private family matters"
  6. Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person, company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general; separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a private purse; private expenses or interests; a private secretary.
  7. Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer.
  8. Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life.
  9. Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding.
  10. Having secret or private knowledge; privy.
  11. A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.
  12. Personal interest; particular business.
  13. Privacy; retirement.
  14. One not invested with a public office.
  15. A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer.
  16. The private parts; the genitals.
  17. Concerning or belonging to oneself alone; personal; not public; away from public view; retired; secret; not holding a public position.
  18. A common soldier.
  19. Privately.
  20. Privateness.
  21. Apart from the state: not invested with public office: peculiar to one's self: belonging to an individual person or company: not public: retired from observation: secret: not publicly known: not holding a commission.
  23. Not public; peculiar to an individual; secret; not holding an office.
  24. Retired; secluded; secret; restricted; personal; without rank.
  25. Peculiar to one's self; personal; secret; secluded; not open; not invested with public office or employment.
  26. Unconnected with others; peculiar to one's self; belonging to an individual only, or to a select number of persons; not open; not public; retired; not holding a public office.

Quotes of private

  1. I have no private life at all. I am a hunted woman. I can't take a step without being questioned and surrounded. – Brigitte Bardot
  2. Morals are private Decency is public. – Rita Mae Brown
  3. It seems proper, at all events, that by an early enactment similar to that of other countries the application of public money by an officer of Government to private uses should be made a felony and visited with severe and ignominious punishment. – Martin Van Buren
  4. To whom, then, must I dedicate my wonderful, surprising and interesting adventures? to whom dare I reveal my private opinion of my nearest relations? the secret thoughts of my dearest friends? my own hopes, fears, reflections and dislikes? Nobody! – Frances Burney
  5. County government can be simplified greatly by reorganizing and consolidating some of the offices, making others appointive, and reducing salaries in keeping with the salaries paid by private business for the performance of similar duties. – Arthur Capper
  6. In Lincoln's day a President's religion was a very private affair. There were no public prayer meetings, no attempts to woo the Religious Right. Few of Lincoln's countrymen knew anything at all of his religious beliefs. – David Herbert Donald
  7. We will not support returning Fannie and Freddie to the role they played before conservatorship, where they fought to take market share from private competitors while enjoying the privilege of government support. – Timothy Geithner
  8. People think because you're private you have something you don't want them to know. – Tom T. Hall
  9. If all Church power vests in the clergy, then the people are practically bound to passive obedience in all matters of faith and practice; for all right of private judgment is then denied. – Charles Hodge
  10. With 1. 7 million private sector jobs lost and half a million jobs shipped overseas over the past three years, we must take action to spur job creation and restore economic prosperity. – Nick Lampson
  11. Unionization, as opposed to communism, presupposes the relation of employment; it is based upon the wage system and it recognizes fully and unreservedly the institution of private property and the right to investment profit. – John L. Lewis
  12. I'm not willing to say I want to return to private life because I'm too old to begin telling lies now. – Paul O'Neill
  13. There is a deliberate and quite outspoken attack on the whole idea of people owning private property. – Dixie Lee Ray
  14. Violence is not to be undertaken by private persons. If a state or administration acts without due and visible attention to agreed international process, it acts in a way analogous to a private person. It purports to be judge of its own interest. – Rowan Williams
  15. Of private differences personal to himself, my brother had none. – John Sergeant Wise

Usage examples for private

  1. It was evidently Margery's private sitting- room. – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  2. But his private history- his family and antecedents- have you gathered anything at all about them? – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. But I must speak to you in private – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  4. Even offered to send up his private car. – The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp by Thornton W. Burgess
  5. There was but little news except that by private hands. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  6. " Sir Lionel," said he, " if Lady Dudleigh will excuse us for a few moments, I should like to speak with you in private – The Living Link by James De Mille
  7. And you say he'd private rooms some where? – The Chestermarke Instinct by J. S. Fletcher
  8. During the long, cold journey she said very little to the girl, and they had no opportunity of private conversation when they reached the homestead where they were to spend the night. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  9. Excuse me Charteris: this is private – The Philanderer by George Bernard Shaw
  10. " I do my best work in private John, but I'm beginning to see light. – The Co-Citizens by Corra Harris
  11. Of course I could have left everything at a bank but it was more convenient to have it, as it were, in my own safe, to get at any time, and to have a private room that I could take any gentlemen to. – Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah
  12. And then, my dear Murray, a little private affair of my own, which has put me out sadly. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  13. She had, as a matter of fact, already begun to draw on her private capital. – The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  14. The Winslows' private house was up the Birkenhead end of the town. – The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy
  15. Stay, can I have a private room close to the other- where the prisoners, those held on suspicion, are? – The Rome Express by Arthur Griffiths
  16. Her voice got very private – Fairy Prince and Other Stories by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  17. John Gordon led the way into a private room, and the two others followed him. – An Old Man's Love by Anthony Trollope
  18. He had all his gold in his own private safe at home." – Black Jack by Max Brand
  19. I thought they only allowed married people to come, like this, in a private room. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009

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