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private

  

      adj  
1    not widely or publicly known  
they had private reasons for the decision     
2    confidential; secret  
a private conversation     
3    not for general or public use  
a private bathroom     
4    prenominal   individual; special  
my own private recipe     
5    prenominal   having no public office, rank, etc.  
a private man     
6    prenominal   denoting a soldier of the lowest military rank  
a private soldier     
7    of, relating to, or provided by a private individual or organization, rather than by the state or a public body  
the private sector, private housing     
8    (of a place) retired; sequestered; not overlooked  
9    (of a person) reserved; uncommunicative  
10    in private          in secret; confidentially  
      n  
11    a soldier of the lowest rank, sometimes separated into qualification grades, in many armies and marine corps  
private first class     
     (C14: from Latin privatus belonging to one individual, withdrawn from public life, from privare to deprive, bereave)  
  privately      adv  
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private

  

      adj  
1    clandestine, closet, confidential, covert, hush-hush     (informal)   in camera, inside, off the record, privy     (archaic)   secret, unofficial  
2    exclusive, individual, intimate, own, particular, personal, reserved, special  
3    independent, nonpublic  
4    concealed, isolated, not overlooked, retired, secluded, secret, separate, sequestered, solitary, withdrawn  
5    in private      behind closed doors, confidentially, in camera, in secret, personally, privately  
      n  
6    enlisted man     (U.S.)   private soldier, squaddie or squaddy     (Brit. slang)   tommy     (Brit. informal)   Tommy Atkins     (Brit. informal)  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    disclosed, known, official, open, public, revealed  
2    common, general, open, public, unlimited, unrestricted  
3    bustling, busy, frequented, outgoing, sociable, unsecluded  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
npl.
testicles ; genitalia ; gonads ; nuts ; privates ; pudenda ; stones ; testes ; private parts ; family jewels ; bollocks ; balls ; cullions ; rocks ; boys ; cherries ; coin purse ; cojones ; deez ; gear ; giggleberries ; grapes ; knackers ; nuggets ; plums ; sack
[Slang];[UK] Ex.: Get the fuck out of here before I rip your goolies off, you bastard!
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