Definition of in private in English:

in private


  • With no one else present.

    ‘I've got to talk to you in private’
    • ‘The GMC panel held much of the hearing in private, but ruled its decision could be made public.’
    • ‘When it comes to actually dealing with death and the dead, even in public, we do so in private.’
    • ‘The meeting is being held in private, with only creditors allowed to attend.’
    • ‘Most British ambassadors would have huffed and puffed in private, and said nothing in public.’
    • ‘There is even a coffee table and two armchairs if you want to chat with your girlfriend in private.’
    • ‘The judge was today hearing a bail application on Colin's behalf in private.’
    • ‘Rome has an obsession with secrecy - a lot goes on in private but it need not.’
    • ‘The problem for those seeking clarity is that much of the direct policy lobbying takes place in private.’
    • ‘Yesterday, Manchester city council's executive met in private to agree the deal.’
    • ‘The special meeting was being held in private because of the commercial sensitivity of the project.’
    in secret, secretly, in secrecy, privately, behind closed doors, in camera, with no one else present
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