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American English: /ˈpraɪvɪt/
British English: /ˈprʌɪvət/

Translation of private in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (confidential)
    Example sentences
    • But the murder of the two ten-year-old Soham girls has sent shockwaves of grief far beyond the private agony of their families.
    • It flourishes on the back of faxes and in the margins of copybooks, doodles reveal a billion private boredoms.
    • A source of aggravation could be your temporary inability to sort out intensely private feelings.
    1.2in privateshe told me in private
    me lo dijo confidencialmente or en confianza
    can we talk in private?
    ¿podemos hablar en privado?
    what you do in private is your own affair
    lo que hagas en la intimidad or en tu vida privada es cosa tuya
    the meeting was held in private
    la reunión se celebró en privado or a puertas cerradas
  • 2 2.1 (restricted)
    private hearing
    vista (feminine) a puerta cerrada
    they married in a private ceremony
    celebraron la boda en la intimidad
    (on envelope) personal
    Example sentences
    • We were in the beer garden outside a pub on the Thames, and there was a private function in a sectioned off part of the ‘garden’.
    • Weddings, party nights and private functions already booked will now have to be rearranged.
    • I was once working a private function, and four of us were slammed with about 150 cars arriving at the same time.
    2.2 (for own use, in own possession)
    for her private use
    para su uso personal
    with private bathroom
    con baño privado
    private property/land a private hotel
    un hotel particular (no perteneciente a una cadena)
    a gentleman of private means [formal]
    un señor que vive de las rentas
    Example sentences
    • Darknets are gated communities that run on the Internet but are open only to those who belong to the private network.
    • It's a facility that's widely used and currently caters for several private planes.
    • In fact, in Australia, fewer women belong to private golf clubs now than they did 20 years ago.
  • 3 3.1 (not official)
    a private citizen/individual
    un particular
    the President sent a private message of sympathy
    el Presidente mandó una nota personal de condolencia
    the bishop acted in a private capacity
    el obispo actuó a título personal
    their private life
    su vida privada
    in private life she's completely different
    en la intimidad es totalmente distinta
    Example sentences
    • If he wants you to act a poor man, a cripple, a public official, or a private person, see that you act it with skill.
    • Future revenue would be paid to private individuals, and public spending would be financed by income tax.
    • Anyone can access it: companies big and small, public institutions and private individuals.
    3.2 (unconnected with the state)
    de pago (Spain)
    private health care
    servicio (masculine) médico privado
    private health insurance
    seguro (masculine) médico privado
    to be in private practice (Medicine)
    ejercer la medicina privada
    (in US) (Law)
    ocuparse de asuntos civiles
    private prosecution the private sector
    el sector privado
    Example sentences
    • But more business doctoral grads are entering private industry rather than academia.
    • In fact this was nothing more than a way of deflecting criticism away from the state while at the same time providing profits for private industry.
    • So it turned to private industry to provide the extra manpower needed to implement the program.
    Example sentences
    • Both also have private practices and perform infertility treatment at the private Assuta Hospital and Herzliya Medical Centre.
    • NHS treatment is attractive to patients because the charges are lower than private treatment, sometimes significantly.
    • Should you stay in the public system or go private with your medical insurance?
  • 4 4.1 (personal, inward)
    time is set aside for private study
    se establecen ciertas horas para que cada uno estudie por su cuenta
    it's a private joke between us
    es un chiste que los dos entendemos
    4.2 (retiring)
    Example sentences
    • She was a private person, often revealing herself more in her drawings than in anything she said.
    • Friends recall him as a private man, a man who did not often reveal his feelings.
    • My mom chooses to be more private, and she lives in the western part of the United States.


  • 1 (rank) Private Jones
    el soldado Jones
    Example sentences
    • He enlisted in the Army in 1980 and was first assigned as a young private as a supply clerk in Germany.
    • Abroad, the death of an army private has been followed by the murder of five innocent civilians.
    • Even a third class pilot had more power than a private in the army.
  • 2
    also: privates plural
    (genitals) [colloquial] [euphemistic]
    partes (feminine plural) pudendas [euphemistic] [humorous]
    intimidades (feminine plural) [euphemistic] [humorous]
    Example sentences
    • I think I'd actually rather flash my privates than appear in public in creased clothing.
    • Obviously, naming our privates is a matter of personal taste.
    • ‘Hey, gimme that,’ says the second kid protecting his privates.
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