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private British & World English

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

private English Thesaurus

his private plane

private New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

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

in private British & World English

With no one else present

private eye British & World English

A private detective

private law British & World English

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

private war British & World English

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

private bill British & World English

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

private hotel British & World English

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

private house British & World English

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

private label British & World English

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

private life British & World English

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

private means British & World English

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

private parts British & World English

A person’s genitals

private press British & World 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 British & World English

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

private company British & World 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 income British & World English

Another term for unearned income.

private member British & World 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 British & World English

A patient who is receiving private medical treatment

private school British & World English

An independent school supported wholly by the payment of fees

private sector British & World English

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

private soldier British & World English

A soldier of the lowest rank

private treaty British & World English

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

private detective British & World English

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

private enterprise British & World English

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

private nuisance British & World English

An unlawful interference with the use and enjoyment of land

private placement British & World English

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

private practice British & World English

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

private secretary British & World English

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

private first class British & World English

A rank in the US army, above private and below corporal

private member's bill British & World 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 British & World English

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

parliamentary private secretary British & World English

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


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