a. Secluded from the sight, presence, or intrusion of others: a private hideaway.
b. Designed or intended for ones exclusive use: a private room.
a. Of or confined to the individual; personal: a private joke; private opinions.
b. Undertaken on an individual basis: private studies; private research.
c. Of, relating to, or receiving special hospital services and privileges: a private patient.
3. Not available for public use, control, or participation: a private club; a private party.
a. Belonging to a particular person or persons, as opposed to the public or the government: private property.
b. Of, relating to, or derived from nongovernment sources: private funding.
c. Conducted and supported primarily by individuals or groups not affiliated with governmental agencies or corporations: a private college; a private sanatorium.
d. Enrolled in or attending a private school: a private student.
5. Not holding an official or public position: a private citizen.
a. Not for public knowledge or disclosure; secret: private papers; a private communication.
b. Not appropriate for use or display in public; intimate: private behavior; a private tragedy.
c. Placing a high value on personal privacy: a private person.
a. Abbr. PVT or Pvt or Pvt. A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps that is below private first class.
b. One who holds this rank or a similar rank in a military organization.
2. privates Private parts. Often used with the.
To take a publicly owned company into private ownership, as by a leveraged buyout.
Not in public; secretly or confidentially.
[Middle English privat, from Latin prvtus, not in public life, past participle of prvre, to release, deprive, from prvus, single, alone; see per1 in Indo-European roots.]
private /pravt/ adj.1 secret, keeping personal matters exclusively to oneself: Her sex life is private; no one else has the right to know about it.2 away from other people and their observation: She had a private room at the hospital.3 owned by a person or business rather than a government: The land is private property and no one is allowed to trespass on it.-adv.privately. n. a soldier of the lowest rank in the army: He was a private for six months, and then was promoted to corporal.