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1secrete

transitive verb se·crete \si-ˈkrēt\
se·cret·edse·cret·ing

Definition of SECRETE

:  to form and give off (a secretion)

Origin of SECRETE

back-formation from secretion
First Known Use: 1693

2secrete

transitive verb se·crete \si-ˈkrēt, ˈsē-krət\
se·cret·edse·cret·ing

Definition of SECRETE

1
:  to deposit or conceal in a hiding place
2
:  to appropriate secretly :  abstract

Origin of SECRETE

alteration of obsolete secret, from 1secret
First Known Use: 1741

Synonym Discussion of SECRETE

hide, conceal, screen, secrete, bury mean to withhold or withdraw from sight. hide may or may not suggest intent <hide in the closet> <a house hidden in the woods>. conceal usually does imply intent and often specifically implies a refusal to divulge <concealed the weapon>. screen implies an interposing of something that prevents discovery <a house screened by trees>. secrete suggests a depositing in a place unknown to others <secreted the amulet inside his shirt>. bury implies covering up so as to hide completely <buried the treasure>.
SECRETED Defined for Kids

1secrete

verb se·crete \si-ˈkrēt\
se·cret·edse·cret·ing

Definition of SECRETE for Kids

:  to produce and give off as a secretion <Some glands secrete mucus.>

2secrete

verb
se·cret·edse·cret·ing

Definition of SECRETE for Kids

:  to put in a hiding place
Medical Dictionary

secrete

transitive verb se·crete \si-ˈkrēt\
se·cret·edse·cret·ing

Medical Definition of SECRETE

:  to form and give off (a secretion) <cells secreting mucus>

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