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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. not expressed; " secret ( or private) thoughts"
  4. 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.
  5. Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer.
  6. Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life.
  7. Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding.
  8. Having secret or private knowledge; privy.
  9. A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.
  10. Personal interest; particular business.
  11. Privacy; retirement.
  12. One not invested with a public office.
  13. A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer.
  14. The private parts; the genitals.
  15. Concerning or belonging to oneself alone; personal; not public; away from public view; retired; secret; not holding a public position.
  16. A common soldier.
  17. Privately.
  18. Privateness.
  19. 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.
  20. PRIVATERLY.
  21. Not public; peculiar to an individual; secret; not holding an office.
  22. Retired; secluded; secret; restricted; personal; without rank.
  23. Peculiar to one's self; personal; secret; secluded; not open; not invested with public office or employment.
  24. 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.

Usage examples for private

  1. It was evidently Margery's private sitting- room. – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  2. Her voice got very private. – Fairy Prince and Other Stories by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  3. Even offered to send up his private car. – The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp by Thornton W. Burgess
  4. 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
  5. There was but little news except that by private hands. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  6. He had all his gold in his own private safe at home." – Black Jack by Max Brand
  7. But his private history- his family and antecedents- have you gathered anything at all about them? – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  8. John Gordon led the way into a private room, and the two others followed him. – An Old Man's Love by Anthony Trollope
  9. " I do my best work in private, John, but I'm beginning to see light. – The Co-Citizens by Corra Harris
  10. She had, as a matter of fact, already begun to draw on her private capital. – The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. " 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
  14. But I must speak to you in private. – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  15. The Winslows' private house was up the Birkenhead end of the town. – The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy
  16. 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
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