Private definition

prīvĭt
Frequency:
For an individual person.

A private room in a hospital.

adjective
18
1
Of, belonging to, or concerning a particular person or group; not common or general.

Private property, a private joke.

adjective
16
2
Tending to keep one's personal matters to oneself.

A private person.

adjective
6
1
Not holding public office.

A private citizen.

adjective
5
1
Not available for public use, control, or participation.

A private club; a private party.

adjective
4
1
Advertisement
Not traded by the public.

Private corporation.

adjective
3
0
The definition of private is something that belongs to or is used by only a limited few, or information available only to a limited number of people and not publicly shared.

An example of something that would be described as private is a road that is only for residents of a neighborhood.

An example of information that would be described as private is your salary or your PIN number.

An example of something that would be described as private is a company owned only by a few people and not publicly traded on the stock market.

adjective
2
0
Not open to, intended for, or controlled by the public.

A private school.

adjective
2
0
Away from public view; secluded.

A private dining room.

adjective
2
0
Not publicly or generally known; confidential.

A private matter.

adjective
2
0
Advertisement
(informal) The genitals.
noun
2
0
Not in governmental office or employment.

He quit public life, living quietly as a private citizen.

adjective
2
0
(in plural privates) A euphemistic term for the genitals.
noun
2
0
Enrolled in or attending a private school.

A private student.

adjective
1
0
Carried out on an individual basis.

Private medical practice.

adjective
1
0
Advertisement
Engaged in work independent of institutions, organizations, agencies, etc.

Private detective, private tutor.

adjective
1
0
An enlisted person of either of the two lowest ranks in the U.S. Army or of the lowest rank in the U.S. Marine Corps.
noun
1
0
Belonging to, concerning, or accessible only to an individual person or a specific group.

Her address is private; you can't have it.

adjective
1
0
Not publicly known; not open; secret.

The identity of the beneficiaries of the trust is private.

adjective
1
0
Protected from view or disturbance by others; secluded.

Can we go somewhere more private?

adjective
1
0
Advertisement
Intended only for the use of an individual, group, or organization.

Private papers.

adjective
1
0
Not accessible by the public.

Private property.

adjective
1
0
Secretive; reserved.

He is a very private person.

adjective
1
0
(US, of a room in a medical facility) Not shared with another patient.
adjective
1
0
The lowest rank of the army.
noun
1
0
Advertisement
A soldier of the rank of private.
noun
1
0
Capitalized in shares of stock that are held by a relatively small number of owners and are not traded on the open market.

A private company; a company that went private; took a company private.

adjective
0
0
Not holding an official or public position.

A private citizen.

adjective
0
0
Secluded from the sight, presence, or intrusion of others.

A private hideaway.

adjective
0
0
Designed or intended for one's exclusive use.

A private room.

adjective
0
0
Advertisement
Of or confined to the individual; personal.

A private joke; private opinions.

adjective
0
0
Undertaken on an individual basis.

Private studies; private research.

adjective
0
0
Of, relating to, or receiving special hospital services and privileges.

A private patient.

adjective
0
0
Belonging to a particular person or persons, as opposed to the public or the government.

Private property.

adjective
0
0
Of, relating to, or derived from nongovernment sources.

Private funding.

adjective
0
0
Advertisement
Conducted and supported primarily by individuals or groups not affiliated with governmental agencies or corporations.

A private college; a private sanatorium.

adjective
0
0
Not for public knowledge or disclosure; secret.

Private papers; a private communication.

adjective
0
0
Not appropriate for use or display in public; intimate.

Private behavior; a private tragedy.

adjective
0
0
Placing a high value on personal privacy.

A private person.

adjective
0
0
Private parts. Often used with the.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
A noncommissioned rank in the US Army or Marine Corps that is below private first class.
noun
0
0
One who holds this rank or a similar rank in a military organization.
noun
0
0
go private
  • To take a publicly owned company into private ownership, as by a leveraged buyout.
idiom
1
0
in private
  • Not in public; secretly or confidentially.
idiom
1
0
go private
  • to restore private ownership of a corporation by buying back publicly held stock
idiom
1
0
Advertisement
in private
  • privately or secretly; not publicly
idiom
1
0

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
private
Plural:
privates

Adjective

Base Form:
private
Comparative:
privater
Superlative:
privatest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

go private
go 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").

    From Wiktionary