Private meaning

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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.

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One who holds this rank or a similar rank in a military organization.
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Not available for public use, control, or participation.

A private club; a private party.

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

Private property, a private joke.

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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.

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Not holding an official or public position.

A private citizen.

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

A private hideaway.

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Designed or intended for one's exclusive use.

A private room.

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Of or confined to the individual; personal.

A private joke; private opinions.

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Undertaken on an individual basis.

Private studies; private research.

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

A private patient.

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Of, relating to, or derived from nongovernment sources.

Private funding.

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

A private college; a private sanatorium.

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Enrolled in or attending a private school.

A private student.

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Not for public knowledge or disclosure; secret.

Private papers; a private communication.

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Not appropriate for use or display in public; intimate.

Private behavior; a private tragedy.

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Placing a high value on personal privacy.

A private person.

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Private parts. Often used with the.
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A noncommissioned rank in the US Army or Marine Corps that is below private first class.
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Not open to, intended for, or controlled by the public.

A private school.

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For an individual person.

A private room in a hospital.

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Not holding public office.

A private citizen.

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Away from public view; secluded.

A private dining room.

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Not publicly or generally known; confidential.

A private matter.

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Tending to keep one's personal matters to oneself.

A private person.

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Carried out on an individual basis.

Private medical practice.

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Engaged in work independent of institutions, organizations, agencies, etc.

Private detective, private tutor.

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The genitals.
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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.
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Belonging to, concerning, or accessible only to an individual person or a specific group.

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

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Not in governmental office or employment.

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

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Not publicly known; not open; secret.

The identity of the beneficiaries of the trust is private.

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Protected from view or disturbance by others; secluded.

Can we go somewhere more private?

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Intended only for the use of an individual, group, or organization.

Private papers.

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Not accessible by the public.

Private property.

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Not traded by the public.

Private corporation.

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Secretive; reserved.

He is a very private person.

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(US, of a room in a medical facility) Not shared with another patient.
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The lowest rank of the army.
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A soldier of the rank of private.
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(in plural privates) A euphemistic term for the genitals.
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Belonging to a particular person or persons, as opposed to the public or the government.

Private property.

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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