Definition of privately in US English:



  • 1In a private way, manner, or capacity.

    ‘I must insist we speak privately’
    ‘his research is privately financed’
    • ‘It would privately fund research to provide the information it needed to devise a response.’
    • ‘She now sends her privately educated son for extra language tuition.’
    • ‘People may speak privately to a nurse or get cancer information which is free of charge.’
    • ‘Logan positioned himself behind Rob so he could speak to him privately.’
    • ‘Kate stood at the door and waited for him to pause the game and come speak with her privately.’
    • ‘Whether you decide to trade in your car or sell it privately is a personal choice.’
    • ‘That Davis's support is not solid is evident from speaking to some of his backers privately.’
    • ‘Many privately muse that if the government insists on outlawing hunting, then outlaws they are prepared to be.’
    • ‘His opponents however, insist that he had plenty of chances to do this privately.’
    • ‘As far as I can see, it's the privately educated sneering at the under-educated.’
    • ‘You once said privately there were few people in your department you could trust.’
    • ‘A person who is privately most generous, he remembers those who have shown kindness to him.’
    • ‘He was educated privately in the classics and went on to study medicine and forestry.’
    • ‘It used to be thought that only rich and privately educated people sent their children to independent schools.’
    • ‘Many people do not realise they have fewer rights when buying privately.’
    • ‘The restaurant is designed in such way that a group of 25 persons can dine privately.’
    • ‘This change in events requires that I speak with you and your companion privately.’
    • ‘But they have already accepted that schools and hospitals are being privately financed.’
    • ‘Many hours passed before the children were able to speak privately again.’
    • ‘We've already started to talk privately to a number of people and they're extremely supportive of the idea.’
    in private, with no one else present, behind closed doors, between ourselves, confidentially, in confidence, discreetly, in secret, secretly
    out of the public eye, out of public view, in seclusion, in solitude, alone, without being disturbed, without being interrupted
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    1. 1.1often sentence adverb Used to refer to a situation in which someone's thoughts and feelings are not disclosed to others.
      ‘privately, Republican strategists worried about the latest polls’
      secretly, inwardly, deep down, personally, unofficially
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