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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


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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

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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