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 for private
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Private \Pri"vate\ (?; 48), a. [L. privatus apart from the
     state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of
     privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr.
     privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward
     (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior,
     a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]
     1. Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person,
        company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected
        with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general;
        separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a
        private purse; private expenses or interests; a private
        secretary.
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     2. Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to
        an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a
        private room or apartment; private prayer.
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              Reason . . . then retires
              Into her private cell when nature rests. --Milton.
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     3. Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or
        employment; as, a private citizen; private life. --Shak.
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              A private person may arrest a felon.  --Blackstone.
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     4. Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private
        negotiation; a private understanding.
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     5. Having secret or private knowledge; privy. [Obs.]
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     Private act or Private statute, a statute exclusively for
        the settlement of private and personal interests, of which
        courts do not take judicial notice; -- opposed to a
        general law, which operates on the whole community. In
        the United States Congress, similar private acts are
        referred to as private law and a general law as a
        public law.
  
     Private nuisance or wrong. See Nuisance.
  
     Private soldier. See Private, n., 5.
  
     Private way, a right of private passage over another man's
        ground; also, a road on private land, contrasted with
        public road, which is on a public right of way. --Kent.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Private \Pri"vate\ (pr[imac]"v[asl]t), n.
     1. A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.
        [Obs.] --Shak.
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     2. Personal interest; particular business.[Obs.]
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              Nor must I be unmindful of my private. --B. Jonson.
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     3. Privacy; retirement. [Archaic] "Go off; I discard you; let
        me enjoy my private." --Shak.
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     4. One not invested with a public office. [Archaic]
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              What have kings, that privates have not too? --Shak.
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     5. (Mil.) A common soldier; a soldier below the grade of a
        noncommissioned officer. --Macaulay.
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     6. pl. The private parts; the genitals.
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     In private, secretly; not openly or publicly.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  private
      adj 1: confined to particular persons or groups or providing
             privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions";
             "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private
             secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is
             now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to
             maintain a private life" [ant: public]
      2: concerning things deeply private and personal; "private
         correspondence"; "private family matters"
      3: concerning one person exclusively; "we all have individual
         cars"; "each room has a private bath" [syn: individual(a),
         private]
      4: not expressed; "secret (or private) thoughts" [syn: secret,
         private]
      n 1: an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines;
           "our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value"
           [syn: private, buck private, common soldier]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  125 Moby Thesaurus words for "private":
     Tommy, Tommy Atkins, absolute, anonymous, antisocial,
     behind closed doors, buck private, certain, clandestine, closet,
     common soldier, concealed, concrete, confidential, confidentially,
     covert, covertly, deep-seated, defined, definite, detailed,
     determinate, different, discreet, distinct, distinguished,
     enlisted man, esoteric, especial, exceptional, exclusive, express,
     extraordinary, fixed, furtively, genitalia, genitals, grunt,
     hermitical, hidden, hush-hush, hushed, idiosyncratic, immanent,
     implanted, implicit, in camera, in private, in secret,
     inaccessible, inalienable, incognito, individual, indwelling,
     infantryman, infixed, ingrained, inherent, inmost, inner,
     innermost, inside, interior, internal, intimate, intrinsic, inward,
     inwrought, irreducible, isolated, minute, noncommissioned officer,
     not for publication, noteworthy, off the record, on the sly, own,
     particular, peculiar, personal, personally, precise,
     private first class, privately, privileged, privy, reclusive,
     reserved, resident, respective, restricted, restrictive, reticent,
     retired, retiring, secluded, seclusive, secret, secretively,
     secretly, sequestered, several, sex organs, singular, sneakily,
     sneaking, sneakingly, solipsistic, solitary, special, specific,
     sub rosa, subjective, surreptitious, surreptitiously, top secret,
     unalienable, unchallengeable, uncommunicative, undisclosed,
     unofficial, unquestionable, unsociable, unsocial, withdrawn
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  privacy
  private
  
      An attribute of a system's security that ensures
     that only intended or desired people or bodies can read a
     message or piece of stored data.  Privacy is often enforced by
     some kind of access control or encryption.
  
     (2011-06-03)
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PRIVATE. Not general, as a private act of the legislature; not in office; 
  as, a private person, as well as an officer, may arrest a felon; individual, 
  as your private interest; not public, as a private way, a private nuisance. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  PRIVATE, n.  A military gentleman with a field-marshal's baton in his
  knapsack and an impediment in his hope.
  

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