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Definition 1: an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines - [noun denoting person]

Samples where private or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value

Synonyms for private in the sense of this definition

(private is a kind of ...) a male enlisted person in the armed forces

Definition 2: confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where private or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(private is similar to ...) snobbish; pretentiously superior

(private is similar to ...) involving two persons; intimately private

"a tete-a-tete supper" "a head-to-head conversation"

(private is similar to ...) confined to a small number of hospital patients

"semiprivate room"

(private is similar to ...) hidden from general view or use

"a privy place to rest and think" "a secluded romantic spot" "a secret garden"

(private is similar to ...) directly between two individuals

"one-on-one instruction"

(private is similar to ...) concealed from public view or attention

"offstage political meetings"

(private is similar to ...) not invested with or related to prominent position or status etc.

(private is similar to ...) suggestive of the isolated life of an island

"an exceedingly insular man; so deeply private as to seem inaccessible to the scrutiny of a novelist"

(private is similar to ...) entrusted with private information and the confidence of another

"a confidential secretary"

(private is similar to ...) (of information) given in confidence or in secret

"this arrangement must be kept confidential" "their secret communications"

(private is similar to ...) not open to the public

"a closed-door meeting"

(private is similar to ...) confined to specific persons

"a close secret"

(private is similar to ...) providing privacy or seclusion

"the cloistered academic world of books" "sat close together in the sequestered pergola" "sitting under the reclusive calm of a shade tree" "a secluded romantic spot"

(private is similar to ...) befitting or characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior

(means also ...) concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality

"a personal favor" "for your personal use" "personal papers" "I have something personal to tell you" "a personal God" "he has his personal bank account and she has hers"

(means also ...) confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

"a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"

Definition 3: not expressed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where private or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • secret (or private) thoughts

Synonyms for private in the sense of this definition

(private is similar to ...) relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts

"a concern with inward reflections"

Definition 4: concerning one person exclusively - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where private or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we all have individual cars
  • each room has a private bath

Synonyms for private in the sense of this definition

(private is similar to ...) concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality

"a personal favor" "for your personal use" "personal papers" "I have something personal to tell you" "a personal God" "he has his personal bank account and she has hers"

Definition 5: concerning things deeply private and personal - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where private or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • intimate correspondence
  • private family matters

Synonyms for private in the sense of this definition

(private is similar to ...) concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality

"a personal favor" "for your personal use" "personal papers" "I have something personal to tell you" "a personal God" "he has his personal bank account and she has hers"

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