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  • adv. privately, where no one else can see and/or hear what one is doing or saying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. secretly; not openly or publicly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. kept private or confined to those intimately concerned


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  • Sinky was purring loudly now, his tiny eyes closed in private passion.

    Miss Misery

  • Former astronaut Neil Armstrong, now in private life, has been the subject of press reports in Egypt, Malaysia and Indonesia and perhaps elsewhere alleging his conversion to Islam during his landing on theMoon in 1969.

    First Man

  • In faith by hearing the last word rests with the teacher; in private judgment it rests with the reader, who submits the dead text of Scripture to a kind of post-mortem examination and delivers a verdict without appeal: he believes in himself rather than in any higher authority.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Undoubtedly the Eucharist was at first often kept in private houses, but a Council of Toledo in

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Icily, she upbraided him, It savours too much of the Middle Ages not to allow his remains to be buried in private in some spot where it would not be considered as of any importance politically or an object of superstition.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Publicly he continued to urge moderation on his followers, but in private he indulged in Turkish sensualities.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Here Kissinger had gone too faralthough Nixon had apparently mentioned this possibility in private conversation, he did not mean it: he had far too much invested in the prospect of being the first U.S. president to visit Moscow.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • E JAH in private conversation to author, Hereford, AZ, Apr. 3, 2003.

    First Man

  • Sent quite young to Paris, he studied in private boarding-schools, and for some time attended lectures at the LycĂ©e Bonaparte.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • This viewpoint implies that technology transfer is a one-way process, usually from university-connected basic researchers to individuals in private companies who develop and commercialize a technological innovation.

    Diffusion of Innovations


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