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private detective

  

      n   an individual privately employed to investigate a crime, keep watch on a suspected person, or make other inquiries,   (Also called)    private investigator  
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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     (C14: from Latin privatus belonging to one individual, withdrawn from public life, from privare to deprive, bereave)  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  


parliamentary private secretary  
      n   (in Britain) a backbencher in Parliament who assists a minister, esp. in liaison with backbenchers,   (Abbrev.)    PPS  
private bar  
      n     (Brit)   the saloon or lounge bar of a public house,   (Also called)    the private      Compare       public bar  
private bill  
      n   a bill presented to Parliament or Congress on behalf of a private individual, corporation, etc.  
private company  
      n   a limited company that does not issue shares for public subscription and whose owners do not enjoy an unrestricted right to transfer their shareholdings  
   Compare       public company  
private detective  
      n   an individual privately employed to investigate a crime, keep watch on a suspected person, or make other inquiries,   (Also called)    private investigator  
private enterprise  
      n  
1    economic activity undertaken by private individuals or organizations under private ownership  
   Compare       public enterprise  
2       another name for       capitalism  
private eye  
      n  
Informal   a private detective  
Private Finance Initiative  
      n   (in Britain) a government scheme to encourage private investment in public projects,   (Abbrev.)    PFI  
private health insurance  
      n   insurance against the need for medical treatment as a private patient  
private hotel  
      n  
1    a residential hotel or boarding house in which the proprietor has the right to refuse to accept a person as a guest, esp. a person arriving by chance  
2      (Austral. and N.Z.)   a hotel not having a licence to sell alcoholic liquor  
private income  
      n   an income from sources other than employment, such as investment,   (Also called)    private means  
private language  
      n     (Philosophy)   a language that is not merely secret or accidentally limited to one user, but that cannot in principle be communicated to another  
private law  
      n   the branch of law that deals with the rights and duties of private individuals and the relations between them  
   Compare       public law  
private life  
      n   the social or family life or personal relationships of an individual, esp. of a person in the public eye, such as a politician or celebrity  
private member  
      n   a member of a legislative assembly, such as the House of Commons, not having an appointment in the government  
private member's bill  
      n   a public bill introduced in the House of Commons by a private member  
private parts   , privates  
      pl n      euphemistic terms for       genitals  
private patient  
      n     (Brit)   a patient receiving medical treatment not paid for by the National Health Service  
private pay bed  
      n   (in Britain) a bed in a National Health Service hospital, reserved for private patients who pay a consultant acting privately for treatment and who are charged by the health service for use of hospital facilities,   (Often shortened to)    pay bed      Compare       amenity bed  
private practice  
      n     (Brit)   medical practice that is not part of the National Health Service  
private press  
      n   a printing establishment primarily run as a pastime  
private property  
      n   land or belongings owned by a person or group and kept for their exclusive use  
private school  
      n   a school under the financial and managerial control of a private body or charitable trust, accepting mostly fee-paying pupils  
private secretary  
      n  
1    a secretary entrusted with the personal and confidential matters of a business executive  
2    a civil servant who acts as aide to a minister or senior government official  
   Compare       parliamentary private secretary  
private sector  
      n   the part of a country's economy that consists of privately owned enterprises  
   Compare       public sector  
private treaty  
      n   a sale of property for a price agreed directly between seller and buyer  
private view  
      n   a preview, esp. of an art exhibition, for specially invited guests  
private viewdata  
      n   an interactive video text system with restricted access  

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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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