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private US English

Belonging to or for the use of one particular person or group of people only

private US Thesaurus

his private plane

private New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(capital in military titles; abbreviation Pte, US Pvt.)

in private US English

With no one else present

private eye US English

A private investigator

private law US English

A branch of the law that deals with the relations between individuals or institutions, rather than relations between these and the government

private war US English

A feud between people or families that is conducted without regard to the law

private bill US English

A legislative bill affecting the interests only of a particular body or individual

private hotel US English

A small hotel or guest house that is privately owned and managed

private house US English

A house that is a private home, as distinct from a shop, office, or public building

private label US English

Designating a product manufactured or packaged for sale under the name of the retailer rather than that of the manufacturer

private life US English

A person’s personal relationships, interests, and activities as distinct from their public or professional life

private means US English

Income from investments, property, or inheritance, as opposed to earned income or state benefit

private parts US English

Used euphemistically to refer to a person’s genitals

private press US English

A printing establishment operated on a small scale by a private person or group, in which the emphasis is on quality and individuality rather than profit

private view US English

An event attended by invited guests at which an art exhibition may be seen before it is opened to the public

private company US English

A company whose shares may not be offered to the public for sale and which operates under legal requirements less strict than those for a public company

private member US English

(In the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) a member of a parliament who is not a minister or does not hold government office

private patient US English

A patient who is receiving private medical treatment

private school US English

A school supported by a private organization or private individuals rather than by the government

private sector US English

The part of the national economy that is not under direct government control

private soldier US English

A soldier of the lowest rank

private treaty US English

The agreement for the sale of a property at a price negotiated directly between the vendor and purchaser or their agents

private detective US English

Another term for private investigator.

private enterprise US English

Business or industry that is managed by independent companies or private individuals rather than by the state

private placement US English

The sale of stocks, bonds, or securities directly to a private investor, rather than as part of a public offering

private practice US English

The work of a professional practitioner, such as a doctor or lawyer, who is self-employed

private secretary US English

A secretary who deals with the personal and confidential concerns of a business person or public figure

private detective US Thesaurus

they hired a private detective to find their birth father

private investigator US English

A freelance detective who carries out investigations on behalf of private clients

private first class US English

An enlisted person in the armed forces, in particular (in the US Army) an enlisted person ranking above private and below corporal or (in the US Marine Corps) an enlisted person ranking above private and below lance corporal

private member's bill US English

(In the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) a legislative bill that is introduced by a private Member of Parliament and is not part of a government’s planned legislation. Such bills rarely become law

virtual private network US English

A method employing encryption to provide secure access to a remote computer over the Internet

parliamentary private secretary US English

(In the UK) a Member of Parliament assisting a government minister

in private in private US English

With no one else present

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