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  1. a. : intended for or restricted to the use of a particular person, group, or class. a private park. b. : belonging to or concerning an individual person, company, or interest. a private house. c (1) : carried on by the individual independently of the usual institutions. a doctor in private practice.

  2. adjective. belonging to some particular person: private property. pertaining to or affecting a particular person or a small group of persons; individual; personal: for your private satisfaction. confined to or intended only for the persons immediately concerned; confidential: a private meeting.

  3. used to describe a company with shares that are not traded on a stock market: EM.TV is a private family-owned company. ECONOMICS. owned or controlled by one person or company, rather than by a government: Much of the funding for this type of investment comes from public, rather than private, sources.

  4. Definition of private. 1. as in confidential. not known or meant to be known by the general populace that he is planning to retire is private information until he makes a public announcement. Synonyms & Similar Words. Relevance. confidential. personal. secret.

  5. c. Of, relating to, or receiving special hospital services and privileges: a private patient. 3. Not available for public use, control, or participation: a private club; a private party. 4. a. Belonging to a particular person or persons, as opposed to the public or the government: private property. b.

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