personal meaning

[ 'pə:sənl ] Pronunciation:   "personal" in a sentence
Adjective: personal  purs(u)nul
  1. Concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality
    "a personal favour"; "for your personal use"; "personal papers"; "I have something personal to tell you"; "a personal God"; "he has his personal bank account and she has hers" 
  2. Particular to a given individual 
  3. Of or arising from personality
    "personal magnetism" 
  4. Intimately concerning a person's body or physical being
    "personal hygiene" 
  5. Indicating grammatical person
    "personal verb endings"
Noun: personal  purs(u)nul
  1. A short newspaper article about a particular person or group

Derived forms: personals

See also: ad hominem, ain [UK, dialect], face-to-face, in the flesh, individual, individualised [Brit], individualized, in-person, own, person, personalised [Brit], personality, personalized, personally, person-to-person, physical, private, subjective

Type of: news article, news story, newspaper article

Antonym: impersonal

Encyclopedia: Personal Personal, Social and Health Education

AmE / adjective


belonging to or connected with an individual, not a company or an organization:

We want consumers to carry on spending but keep personal debt under control.

He set up his company with only $2 000 in personal savings.

Don't use your personal credit card for business purchases.


intended for individuals, not companies or organizations:

Internet banks offered cheap personal loans to attract new customers.

Mr. Simmons has extensive experience both in business and personal banking.


acting as an individual, not as a company or an organization:

The demand for credit from both corporate and personal customers remains high.

Due to online trading, personal investors are becoming more self-sufficient.


connected with a particular person and not with their job or official position:

We will not disclose your personal information to other organizations.

The letter was marked 'Personal'.

Citizens need to be protected from the collection and distribution of personal data.



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  1. will you do it for me as a personal favor?
  2. my personal judgement suggests modest optimism.
  3. this involved a point of personal regret.
  4. every viewer has his personal rainbow.
  5. i shall give the matter my personal attention.

Related Words

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