Definition of privately adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpraɪvətli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪvətli//
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  1. 1independently; in a way that is not under control of the state a privately owned company In public he supported the official policy, but privately he was sure it would fail. Their children were educated privately. opposite publicly
  2. 2in a secret way that involves a particular person or group of people, and not people in general Can we speak privately?
  3. 3in somebody's personal thoughts; in a way that is not known about in public She smiled, but privately she was furious.
  4. 4to one person or a small group of people for payment She gave piano lessons privately.
  5. 5directly between a buyer and a seller (1); not involving a shop/store The painting was sold privately for £4m.