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private

pri·vate

private

 
pronunciation:
praI viht
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
phrases:
in private
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: restricted to the participation or knowledge of specified people.
I'm sorry, but this is a private meeting and no outsiders are allowed to attend.These papers are private, so I keep them in the locked file cabinet.
synonyms:
closed, restricted
antonyms:
common, open, public
similar words:
confidential, exclusive, limited, privileged, secret
definition 2: rightfully personal and not to be shared or intruded upon.
This is my private opinion, so I'm trusting you not to announce it to others.He wrote his private thoughts in his journal.
synonyms:
innermost, intimate, personal
similar words:
confidential, exclusive, individual, internal, secret, unrevealed
definition 3: available only to owners or members and excluding the general public.
The yacht club is a private club, so only members can use the facilities.
synonyms:
closed, confined, exclusive, limited, privileged, restricted
antonyms:
open, public
similar words:
nonpublic
definition 4: of funds or other resources, not coming from the government.
The museum was built with private funds.
antonyms:
public, state
similar words:
individual
definition 5: unconnected with public renown; out of the attention of the public.
She returned to private life after the governorship.
antonyms:
public
similar words:
personal, solitary
definition 6: of property, owned by an individual or group rather than by the government.
It's a private foundation dedicated to helping people move out of poverty.
synonyms:
personal
antonyms:
public, state
similar words:
individual, nonpublic
definition 7: of a school, supported by money from nongovernment sources.
My daughter is attending a private college, but my son is at the state college.
antonyms:
public, state
similar words:
nonpublic, prep, preparatory
definition 8: hidden from view, or preventing persons or things to be viewed by other people.
They found a private spot in the woods.They like to sunbathe on their private balcony.
synonyms:
secluded
antonyms:
unconcealed
similar words:
concealed, hidden, invisible, isolated, remote, secret
definition 9: tending not to reveal personal information or feelings.
My father is a very private person, so I was surprised when he told me this.
synonyms:
discreet, reserved
antonyms:
open
similar words:
aloof, close-mouthed, closed, intimate, remote, reticent, shy
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a soldier belonging to one of the lowest ranks.
He was quickly promoted from private to specialist.
similar words:
enlisted man, GI, grunt, regular, soldier
definition 2: (pl.) the genitals.
He got kicked in the privates.
synonyms:
genitals
phrase: in private
derivations: privately (adv.), privateness (n.)