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secrete

verb se·crete \ si-ˈkrēt \

Definition of secrete

secreted; secreting
transitive verb
: 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

verb se·crete \ si-ˈkrēt , ˈsē-krət \

Definition of secrete

secreted; secreting
transitive verb
1 : to deposit or conceal in a hiding place
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

verb se·crete \ si-ˈkrēt \

Definition of secrete for Students

secreted; secreting
: to produce and give off as a secretion
  • Some glands secrete mucus.

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secrete

verb

Definition of secrete for Students

secreted; secreting
: to put in a hiding place

Medical Dictionary

secrete

transitive verb se·crete \ si-ˈkrēt \

medical Definition of secrete

secreted; secreting
: to form and give off (a secretion)
  • cells secreting mucus


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