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privy

adjective

Definition: sharing in or knowing about something private or secret

Synonyms: aware, apprised, informed, familiar

Antonyms: unaware, uninformed

Tips: When trying to learn the word privy, think of the related word private. Privy refers to "being in the know" about something private or secret. When you are privy to something, you know something that most people don't; you've been let it on a secret. A person who has involvement or interest in someone else's business can also be described as privy. Privy is also a noun, meaning "outhouse."

Usage Examples:

I didn't know they were going to get married; I guess I wasn't privy to that information. (informed)

They thought they were talking quietly enough, but anyone sitting nearby was now privy to their secret. (aware, apprised)

How did you become privy of that information? I thought it was private. (aware, informed)

There were some documents on my desk this morning that would make anyone privy to my confidential information, and now, I'm afraid, they're gone. (apprised, informed)


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