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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Private  \Pri"vate\  (?;  48),  a.  [L.  privatus  apart  from  the 
  state,  peculiar  to  an  individual,  private,  properly  p.  p.  of 
  privare  to  bereave,  deprive,  originally,  to  separate,  fr 
  privus  single,  private,  perhaps  originally,  put  forward 
  (hence,  alone,  single)  and  akin  to  prae  before  See  {Prior}, 
  a.,  and  cf  {Deprive},  {Privy},  a.] 
  1.  Belonging  to  or  concerning,  an  individual  person, 
  company,  or  interest;  peculiar  to  one's  self  unconnected 
  with  others  personal;  one's  own  not  public;  not  general; 
  separate;  as  a  man's  private  opinion;  private  property;  a 
  private  purse;  private  expenses  or  interests;  a  private 
  secretary. 
 
  2.  Sequestered  from  company  or  observation;  appropriated  to 
  an  individual;  secret;  secluded;  lonely;  solitary;  as  a 
  private  room  or  apartment;  private  prayer. 
 
  Reason  .  .  .  then  retires  Into  her  private  cell  when 
  nature  rests.  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Private  \Pri"vate\,  n. 
  1.  A  secret  message;  a  personal  unofficial  communication. 
  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Personal  interest;  particular  business.[Obs.] 
 
  Nor  must  I  be  unmindful  of  my  private.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  3.  Privacy;  retirement.  [Archaic]  ``Go  off  I  discard  you 
  let  me  enjoy  my  private.''  --Shak. 
 
  4.  One  not  invested  with  a  public  office.  [Archaic] 
 
  What  have  kings,  that  privates  have  not  too?  --Shak. 
 
  5.  (Mil.)  A  common  soldier;  a  soldier  below  the  grade  of  a 
  noncommissioned  officer.  --Macaulay. 
 
  6.  pl  The  private  parts  the  genitals. 
 
  {In  private},  secretly;  not  openly  or  publicly. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  private 
  adj  1:  confined  to  particular  persons  or  groups  or  providing 
  privacy;  "a  private  place";  "private  discussions"; 
  "private  lessons";  "a  private  club";  "a  private 
  secretary";  "private  property";  "the  former  President 
  is  now  a  private  citizen";  "public  figures  struggle  to 
  maintain  a  private  life"  [ant:  {public}] 
  2:  concerning  things  deeply  private  and  personal;  "private 
  correspondence";  "private  family  matters" 
  3:  concerning  one  person  exclusively;  "we  all  have  individual 
  cars";  "each  room  has  a  private  bath"  [syn:  {individual(a)}] 
  4:  not  expressed;  "secret  (or  private)  thoughts"  [syn:  {secret}] 
  n  :  an  enlisted  man  of  the  lowest  rank;  "our  prisoner  was  just  a 
  private  and  knew  nothing  of  value"  [syn:  {buck  private}, 
  {common  soldier}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  PRIVATE,  n.  A  military  gentleman  with  a  field-marshal's  baton  in  his 
  knapsack  and  an  impediment  in  his  hope. 
 
 




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