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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

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

public key British & World English

A cryptographic key that can be obtained and used by anyone to encrypt messages intended for a particular recipient, such that the encrypted messages can be deciphered only by using a second key that is known only to the recipient (the private key)

in private in private English Thesaurus

the inquiry will be held in private

private key in public key British & World English

A cryptographic key that can be obtained and used by anyone to encrypt messages intended for a particular recipient, such that the encrypted messages can be deciphered only by using a second key that is known only to the recipient (the private key)

private investigator in private detective British & World English

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