private

Something private is something you don't want to share; it's for your eyes only. Your diary entries and your bank account balance might both be kept private.

As a noun, the lowest enlisted rank is called private. You may enlist as a private but have plans to retire from the Army as a four-star general! Sometimes the adjective private is used as the opposite of public. If you own your own island, it's private property. Alcatraz Island, however, is public property and the site of a museum preserving its past life as a famous prison — former home to Al Capone.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: private

1
adj
confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
2
n
an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: private
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adj 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”
Synonyms
esoteric
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
personal
concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality
clannish, cliquish, clubby, snobbish, snobby
befitting or characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior
cloistered, reclusive, secluded, sequestered
providing privacy or seclusion
close
confined to specific persons
closed-door
not open to the public
confidential, secret
(of information) given in confidence or in secret
confidential
entrusted with private information and the confidence of another
insular
suggestive of the isolated life of an island
nonpublic
not invested with or related to prominent position or status etc.
backstage, offstage
concealed from public view or attention
one-on-one
directly between two individuals
privy, secluded, secret
hidden from general view or use
semiprivate
confined to a small number of hospital patients
head-to-head, tete-a-tete
involving two persons; intimately private
toffee-nosed
snobbish; pretentiously superior
Antonyms:
public
not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole
exoteric
suitable for the general public
open, overt
open and observable; not secret or hidden
in the public eye
of great interest to the public
national
owned or maintained for the public by the national government
open
open to or in view of all
semipublic
having some of the features of public institution
state-supported
supported and operated by the government of a state
unexclusive, unrestricted
accessible to all
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adj concerning one person exclusively

“each room has a private bath”
Synonyms:
individual
personal
concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality

adj concerning things deeply private and personal

private correspondence”
private family matters”
Synonyms
personal
concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality

adj not expressed

“secret (or private) thoughts”
Synonyms:
secret
inward
relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts
2

n an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines

“our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value”
Synonyms:
buck private, common soldier
Type of:
enlisted man
a male enlisted person in the armed forces
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