Definition of in private in US English:

in private


  • With no one else present.

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