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Definitions of private

  1. an enlisted man of the lowest rank; "our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. concerning one person exclusively; "we all have individual cars"; "each room has a private bath" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. not expressed; "secret (or private) thoughts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. concerning things deeply private and personal; "private correspondence"; "private family matters" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person, company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general; separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a private purse; private expenses or interests; a private secretary. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Having secret or private knowledge; privy. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. A secret message; a personal unofficial communication. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Personal interest; particular business. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Privacy; retirement. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. One not invested with a public office. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. The private parts; the genitals. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Concerning or belonging to oneself alone; personal; not public; away from public view; retired; secret; not holding a public position. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. A common soldier. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. Privately. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Privateness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Apart from the state: not invested with public office: peculiar to one's self: belonging to an individual person or company: not public: retired from observation: secret: not publicly known: not holding a commission. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. PRIVATERLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. Not public; peculiar to an individual; secret; not holding an office. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. Retired; secluded; secret; restricted; personal; without rank. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Peculiar to one's self; personal; secret; secluded; not open; not invested with public office or employment. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. Unconnected with others; peculiar to one's self; belonging to an individual only, or to a select number of persons; not open; not public; retired; not holding a public office. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. Affecting or belonging to private individuals, as distinct from the public generally. Not official. thelawdictionary.org
  28. pr[=i]'v[=a]t, adj. apart from the state: not invested with public office: peculiar to one's self: belonging to an individual person or company: not public: retired from observation: secret: not publicly known: not holding a commission.--n. a common soldier: (Shak.) a person without public office, a secret message, privacy, retirement.--adv. PR[=I]'VATELY.--n. PR[=I]'VATENESS.--PRIVATE ACT, &c., an act, &c., which deals with the concerns of private persons--opp. to General act, &c.; PRIVATE JUDGMENT, the judgment of an individual, esp. on the meaning of a passage or doctrine of Scripture, as distinguished from the interpretation of the church; PRIVATE LAW, that part of law which deals with the rights and duties of persons quâ individuals; PRIVATE LEGISLATION, legislation affecting the interests of private persons; PRIVATE PARTS, the sexual organs; PRIVATE PROPERTY, RIGHTS, the property, rights of individual persons, as distinguished from that which belongs to a public body and is devoted to public use; PRIVATE TRUST, a trust managed in the interest of private parties; PRIVATE WRONG, an injury done to an individual in his private capacity.--IN PRIVATE, privately, in secret; The private (obs.), the private life of individuals. [L. privatus, pa.p. of priv[=a]re, to separate--privus, single.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. (Of person) not holding public office or official position; p. (soldier), ordinary soldier without rank or distinction; p. member of House of Commons (not member of Ministry); kept, removed, from public knowledge, as the matter was kept p., had p. reasons; not open to the public, as p. door, news came through p. channels, p. boarding-house, carriage, hotel, theatricals, view (of exhibition of pictures esp. before it is opened to the public); p. house, dwelling-house of p. person (opp. to his shop or office, to public-house, or to public building); p. school, one carried on for owner\'s profit (cf. PUBLIC), p. schoolmaster, master of or in this; one\'s own, as my p. goods, property; individual, personal, not affecting the community, as motives of p. malice; (Parl.) p. bill, act, (affecting individual or corporation only); confidential, as asked for some p. conversation; this is for your p. ear (confidential); (of place) retired, secluded; (archaic, of person) given to retirement; in p., privately, in p. company or life. Hence privately adv. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. n. A common soldier ; one of the lowest rank in an army. Cabinet Dictionary

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