Private - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpraɪvət|  American pronunciation of the word private
Brit.  |ˈprʌɪvət|  British pronunciation of the word private
- an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines
our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value
- concerning things deeply private and personal (syn: intimate)
private family matters
- concerning one person exclusively (syn: individual)
each room has a private bath
- not expressed (syn: secret)
secret (or private) thoughts


It was the first time many had seen works from the artist's private collection.

At work he was always very serious, but in his private life, he was actually very funny and relaxed.

Please keep all my personal information private.

He's a very private person.

She attended these events in a private capacity.

I kept it private.

Morris has a private jet.

He made some notes for his private use.

Many communists objected to any form of private property.

There is private ownership of property in a market economy.

I need to have a private discussion with you.

Are you alone? I just wanted a private word.

Jack's private opinion was that she was selfish.

Don't read that - it's private.

The painting was sold to a private collector.

Word forms

singular: private
plural: privates
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