1 adj A personal opinion, quality, or thing belongs or relates to one particular person rather than to other people.
He learned this lesson the hard way<endash10001from his own personal experience..., That's my personal opinion., ...books, furniture, and other personal belongings..., ...an estimated personal fortune of almost seventy million dollars.
2 adj If you give something your personal care or attention, you deal with it yourself rather than letting someone else deal with it.
usu ADJ n
...a business that requires a great deal of personal contact., ...a personal letter from the President's secretary...
3 adj Personal matters relate to your feelings, relationships, and health.
...teaching young people about marriage and personal relationships..., You never allow personal problems to affect your performance...
4 adj Personal comments refer to someone's appearance or character in an offensive way.
Newspapers resorted to personal abuse...
5 adj Personal care involves looking after your body and appearance.
...men who take as much trouble over personal hygiene as women.
6 adj A personal relationship is one that is not connected with your job or public life.
He was a personal friend whom I've known for many many years...
personal assistant ( personal assistants plural ) A personal assistant is a person who does office work and administrative work for someone. The abbreviation PA is also used. (BUSINESS) n-count
personal best ( personal bests plural ) A sports player's personal best is the highest score or fastest time that they have ever achieved. n-count usu sing
She ran a personal best of 13.01 sec.
personal column ( personal columns plural ) The personal column in a newspaper or magazine contains messages for individual people and advertisements of a private nature.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
in AM, usually use personals
personal computer ( personal computers plural ) A personal computer is a computer that is used by one person at a time in a business, a school, or at home. The abbreviation PC is also used. n-count
personal digital assistant ( personal digital assistants plural ) A personal digital assistant is a hand-held computer, used mainly for storing and accessing personal information such as addresses, telephone numbers, and memos. The abbreviation PDA is also used. n-count
personal organizer ( personal organizers plural )
in BRIT, also use personal organiser A personal organizer is a book containing personal or business information, which you can add pages to or remove pages from to keep the information up to date. Small computers with a similar function are also called personal organizers. n-count
personal pronoun ( personal pronouns plural ) A personal pronoun is a pronoun such as `I', `you', `she', or `they' which is used to refer to the speaker or the person spoken to, or to a person or thing whose identity is clear, usually because they have already been mentioned. n-count
1 n-uncount If someone invades your personal space, they stand or lean too close to you, so that you feel uncomfortable.
oft poss N
2 n-uncount If you need your personal space, you need time on your own, with the freedom to do something that you want to do or to think about something.
oft poss N
Self-confidence means being relaxed enough to allow your lover their personal space.
personal stereo ( personal stereos plural ) A personal stereo is a small cassette or CD player with very light headphones, which people carry round so that they can listen to music while doing something else. n-count