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secrete

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verb se·crete \si-ˈkrēt\

Definition of secrete

secreted

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secreting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to form and give off (a secretion)

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Origin and Etymology of secrete

back-formation from secretion


First Known Use: 1693


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secrete

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verb se·crete \si-ˈkrēt, ˈsē-krət\

Definition of secrete

secreted

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secreting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

  3. 2 :  to appropriate secretly :  abstract

Origin and Etymology 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

SECRETE Defined for Kids

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secrete

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verb se·crete \si-ˈkrēt\

Definition of secrete for Students

secreted

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secreting

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


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secrete

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verb se·crete

Definition of secrete for Students

secreted

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secreting

  1. :  to put in a hiding place


Medical Dictionary

secrete

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transitive verb se·crete \si-ˈkrēt\

Medical Definition of secrete

secreted

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secreting

  1. :  to form and give off (a secretion) cells secreting mucus



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