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1       adj   A personal opinion, quality, or thing belongs or relates to one particular person rather than to other people.  
ADJ n  
He learned this lesson the hard way<endash10001from his own personal experience..., That's my personal opinion., ...books, furniture, and other personal belongings..., 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.  
ADJ n 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  
personal space  
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  
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best friend
close friend
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
neologism ... created on some blog
The attack on computers, networks and interconnected infrastructures with intent to intimidate or coerce a national, international, groups of people or organizations in furtherance of political, social or personal objectives.
[Tech.];[Leg.] The attack on computers, networks and interconnected infrastructures with intent to intimidate or coerce a national, international community.
virtual network linking an user to his or her professional and / or personal contacts
1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners
2. this meaning has been popularised by the TV series How I Met Your Mother
expression used for saying that someone is worth being kept close (as a friend, partner..)
au besoin l'ami
ami de tous, ami de personne
entre amis, tous biens sont communs
amis valent mieux qu'argent
c'est dans le besoin qu'on reconnaît ses vrais amis
à porter ses amis, nul ne devient bossu
ce sont les vieux amis qui sont les meilleurs
n. 1. friendly, affectionate love; familial love 2. (astrology) horizon in the Leo/Aquarius axis 3. (sociology) the love between friends
A living being with storge feels a strong sense of duty and is often willing to die to protect this love.
remove someone from the friends list on a social networking website
a woman, generally in her twenties, who shows she is having a good time with her friends by shooting "WOO" ("HOO") usually in unison with other woo girls
way of traveling in which you go from one apartment to another usually sleeping on a couch, and either at friends, acquaintances or through a web site
activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on your head and challenge other three friends to do so in order to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.
also called "ice water challenge", viral campaign on social media during July–August 2014
balaie la maison de tes amis, et ne frappe pas à la porte de tes ennemis
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