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PRI'VATE, a. [L. privatus, from privo, to bereave, properly to strip or separate; privus, singular, several, peculiar to one's self, that is, separate; rapio, diripio, eripio; privo for perivo or berivo.]

1. Properly, separate; unconnected with others; hence, peculiar to one's self; belonging to or concerning an individual only; as a man's private opinion, business or concerns; private property; the king's private purse; a man's private expenses. Charge the money to my private account in the company's books.

2. Peculiar to a number in a joint concern, to a company or body politic; as the private interest of a family, of a company or of a state; opposed to public, or to the general interest of nations.

3. Sequestered from company or observation; secret; secluded; as a private cell; a private room or apartment; private prayer.

4. Not publicly known; not open; as a private negotiation.

5. Not invested with public office or employment; as a private man or citizen; private lift.

A private person may arrest a felon.

6. Individual; personal; in contradistinction from public or national; as private interest.

Private way, in law, is a way or passage in which a man has an interest and right, though the ground may belong to another person. In common language, a private way may be a secret way, one not known or public.

A private act or statute, is one which operates on an individual or company only; opposed to a general law, which operates on the whole community.

A private nuance or wrong, is one which affects an individual.

In private, secretly; not openly or publicly.

PRI'VATE, n. A secret message; particular business. [Unusual.]

1. A common soldier.



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PRI'VATE, a. [L. privatus, from privo, to bereave, properly to strip or separate; privus, singular, several, peculiar to one's self, that is, separate; rapio, diripio, eripio; privo for perivo or berivo.]

1. Properly, separate; unconnected with others; hence, peculiar to one's self; belonging to or concerning an individual only; as a man's private opinion, business or concerns; private property; the king's private purse; a man's private expenses. Charge the money to my private account in the company's books.

2. Peculiar to a number in a joint concern, to a company or body politic; as the private interest of a family, of a company or of a state; opposed to public, or to the general interest of nations.

3. Sequestered from company or observation; secret; secluded; as a private cell; a private room or apartment; private prayer.

4. Not publicly known; not open; as a private negotiation.

5. Not invested with public office or employment; as a private man or citizen; private lift.

A private person may arrest a felon.

6. Individual; personal; in contradistinction from public or national; as private interest.

Private way, in law, is a way or passage in which a man has an interest and right, though the ground may belong to another person. In common language, a private way may be a secret way, one not known or public.

A private act or statute, is one which operates on an individual or company only; opposed to a general law, which operates on the whole community.

A private nuance or wrong, is one which affects an individual.

In private, secretly; not openly or publicly.

PRI'VATE, n. A secret message; particular business. [Unusual.]

1. A common soldier.

PRI'VATE, a. [L. privatus, from privo, to bereave, properly to strip or separate; privus, singular, several, peculiar to one's self, that is, separate; It. privare, Sp. privar, Fr. priver, to deprive. Privo is probably from the root of bereave, Sax. bereafian or gereafian, from reafian, to strip, to spoil, L. rapio, diripio, eripio; privo for perivo or berivo; W. rhaib, a snatching; rheibiaw, to snatch. See Rip, Reap and Strip.]

  1. Properly, separate; unconnected with others; hence, peculiar to one's self; belonging to or concerning an individual only; as, a man's private opinion, business or concerns; private property; the king's private purse; a man's private expenses. Charge the money to my private account, in the company's books.
  2. Peculiar to a number in a joint concern, to a company or body politic; as, the private interest of a family, of a company or of a state; opposed to public, or to the general interest of nations.
  3. Sequestered from company or observation; secret; secluded; as, a private cell; a private room or apartment; private prayer.
  4. Not publicly known; not open; as, a private negotiation.
  5. Not invested with public office or employment; as, a private man or citizen; private life. – Shak. A private person may arrest a felon. – Blackstone.
  6. Individual; personal; in contradistinction from public or national; as, private interest. Private way, in law, is a way or passage in which a man has an interest and right, though the ground may belong to another person. In common language, a private way may be a secret way, one not known or public. A private act or statute, is one which operates on an individual or company only; opposed to a general law, which operates on the whole community. A private nuisance or wrong, is one which affects an individual. – Blackstone. In private, secretly; not openly or publicly. – Scripture.

PRI'VATE, n.

  1. A secret message; particular business. [Unusual.] – Shak. B. Jonson.
  2. A common soldier.

Pri"vate
  1. Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person, company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general; separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a private purse; private expenses or interests; a private secretary.
  2. A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  3. Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a private room or apartment; private prayer.

    Reason . . . then retires
    Into her private cell when nature rests.
    Milton.

  4. Personal interest; particular business.

    [Obs.]

    Nor must I be unmindful of my private. B. Jonson.

  5. Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or employment; as, a private citizen; private life.

    Shak.

    A private person may arrest a felon. Blackstone.

  6. Privacy; retirement.

    [Archaic] "Go off; I discard you; let me enjoy my private." Shak.
  7. Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private negotiation; a private understanding.
  8. One not invested with a public office.

    [Archaic]

    What have kings, that privates have not too? Shak.

  9. Having secret or private knowledge; privy.

    [Obs.]

    Private act or statute, a statute exclusively for the settlement of private and personal interests, of which courts do not take judicial notice; -- opposed to a general law, which operates on the whole community. -- Private nuisance or wrong. See Nuisance. -- Private soldier. See Private, n., 5. -- Private way, a right of private passage over another man's ground. Kent.

  10. A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a noncommissioned officer.

    Macaulay.
  11. The private parts; the genitals.

    In private, secretly; not openly or publicly.

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Private

PRI'VATE, adjective [Latin privatus, from privo, to bereave, properly to strip or separate; privus, singular, several, peculiar to one's self, that is, separate; rapio, diripio, eripio; privo for perivo or berivo.]

1. Properly, separate; unconnected with others; hence, peculiar to one's self; belonging to or concerning an individual only; as a man's private opinion, business or concerns; private property; the king's private purse; a man's private expenses. Charge the money to my private account in the company's books.

2. Peculiar to a number in a joint concern, to a company or body politic; as the private interest of a family, of a company or of a state; opposed to public, or to the general interest of nations.

3. Sequestered from company or observation; secret; secluded; as a private cell; a private room or apartment; private prayer.

4. Not publicly known; not open; as a private negotiation.

5. Not invested with public office or employment; as a private man or citizen; private lift.

A private person may arrest a felon.

6. Individual; personal; in contradistinction from public or national; as private interest.

Private way, in law, is a way or passage in which a man has an interest and right, though the ground may belong to another person. In common language, a private way may be a secret way, one not known or public.

A private act or statute, is one which operates on an individual or company only; opposed to a general law, which operates on the whole community.

A private nuance or wrong, is one which affects an individual.

In private secretly; not openly or publicly.

PRI'VATE, noun A secret message; particular business. [Unusual.]

1. A common soldier.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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