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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
per•son•al /ˈpɜrsənəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or relating to a person;
    individual:[before a noun]He gave his own, personal opinion.
  2. private:My feelings for the deceased were too personal for me to share at the funeral.
  3. directed to or intended for a particular person:[before a noun]I asked him for a personal favor.
  4. referring or directed offensively to a particular person:personal remarks about his wife.
  5. done, carried out, held, etc., in person:[before a noun]a personal interview with the Pope.
  6. relating to the body, clothing, or appearance:[before a noun]personal cleanliness.
  7. Grammar[before a noun] of, relating to, or showing grammatical person:The personal ending-o in the Spanish hablo , "I speak,'' refers to the speaker, "I.''

n. [countable]
  1. Journalisma notice placed in a newspaper or other publication by a person seeking friendship, etc.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
per•son•al  (pûrsə nl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of, pertaining to, or coming as from a particular person;
    individual;
    private:a personal opinion.
  2. relating to, directed to, or intended for a particular person:a personal favor;
    one's personal life;
    a letter marked "Personal.''
  3. intended for use by one person:a personal car.
  4. referring or directed to a particular person in a disparaging or offensive sense or manner, usually involving character, behavior, appearance, etc.:personal remarks.
  5. making personal remarks or attacks:to become personal in a dispute.
  6. done, carried out, held, etc., in person:a personal interview.
  7. pertaining to or characteristic of a person or self-conscious being:That is my personal belief.
  8. of the nature of an individual rational being.
  9. pertaining to the body, clothing, or appearance:personal cleanliness.
  10. provided for one's discretionary use:Employees are allowed 15 vacation days and two personal days.
  11. Grammar
    • noting person:In Latinportō "I carry,''is a personal ending.
    • of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the personal pronoun.
  12. Lawof or pertaining to personal property:personal interests.

n. 
  1. Journalism
    • a short news paragraph in a newspaper concerning a particular person, as one who is socially prominent, or a group of particular persons who are socially prominent.
    • a brief, private notice in a newspaper or magazine, often addressed to a particular person and typically bearing an abbreviated salutation and signature to preserve its confidentiality, usually printed in a special part of the classified advertising section.
    • a similar notice placed by a person seeking companionship, a spouse, etc.
    • Usually,  personals. a column, page, or section of a newspaper, magazine, etc., featuring such notices or items.
person•al•ness, n. 
  • Late Latin persōnālis. See person, -al1
  • Middle English 1350–1400


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

personal /ˈpɜːsənəl/ adj
  1. of or relating to the private aspects of a person's life: personal letters, a personal question
  2. (prenominal) of or relating to a person's body, its care, or its appearance: personal hygiene, great personal beauty
  3. belonging to or intended for a particular person and no-one else: as a personal favour, for your personal use
  4. (prenominal) undertaken by an individual himself: a personal appearance by a celebrity
  5. referring to, concerning, or involving a person's individual personality, intimate affairs, etc, esp in an offensive way: personal remarks, don't be so personal
  6. having the attributes of an individual conscious being: a personal God
  7. of or arising from the personality
  8. of, relating to, or denoting grammatical person
  9. of or relating to movable property, such as money



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