AskDefine | Define private

Dictionary Definition

private adj
1 confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life" [ant: public]
2 concerning things deeply private and personal; "private correspondence"; "private family matters"
3 concerning one person exclusively; "we all have individual cars"; "each room has a private bath" [syn: individual(a)]
4 not expressed; "secret (or private) thoughts" [syn: secret] n : an enlisted man of the lowest rank; "our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value" [syn: buck private, common soldier]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From privatus, "bereaved", "set apart from", from privare, "to deprive", from privus, "single", "peculiar".

Pronunciation

  • /ˈpɹaɪvət/
  • Hyphenation: pri·vate

Adjective

  1. Not done in the view of or with the possibility of disturbance by others.
    private activity
  2. Intended only for one's own use.
    private papers
  3. Not accessible by the public.
    private property

Synonyms

  • (done in the view of others): secluded
  • (intended only for one's own use): personal
  • (not accessible by the public):

Antonyms

Translations

not done in the view of others
intended only for one's own use
not accessible by the public

Noun

  1. The lowest rank of the army.
  2. A soldier of the rank of private.
  3. (in plural privates) A euphemistic term for the genitals.

Synonyms

Translations

rank
soldier
genitals

Derived terms

Esperanto

Adverb

  1. privately

Italian

Adjective

private p
  1. feminine of privato

Verb form

private
  1. feminine plural past participle of privare
  2. second-person plural indicative present of privare
  3. second-person plural imperative of privare

Extensive Definition

Private can refer to:
private in Danish: Privat
private in German: Privat
private in Japanese: プライベート
private in Dutch: Privaat
private in Swedish: Private

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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