(in plural privates) A euphemistic term for the genitals.
- To take a publicly owned company into private ownership, as by a leveraged buyout.
- Not in public; secretly or confidentially.
- to restore private ownership of a corporation by buying back publicly held stock
- privately or secretly; not publicly
Other Word Forms of Private
Origin of Private
Middle English privat from Latin prīvātus not in public life past participle of prīvāre to release, deprive from prīvus single, alone per1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin prÄ«vātus (“bereaved; set apart from"), perfect passive participle of prÄ«vō (“I bereave, deprive"), from prÄ«vus (“single, peculiar").
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