secretive

adjective
se·​cre·​tive | \ ˈsē-krə-tiv How to pronounce secretive (audio) , si-ˈkrē- \

Definition of secretive

: disposed to secrecy : not open or outgoing in speech, activity, or purposes

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Other Words from secretive

secretively adverb
secretiveness noun

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silent, taciturn, reticent, reserved, secretive mean showing restraint in speaking. silent implies a habit of saying no more than is needed. the strong, silent type taciturn implies a temperamental disinclination to speech and usually connotes unsociability. taciturn villagers reticent implies a reluctance to speak out or at length, especially about one's own affairs. was reticent about his plans reserved implies reticence and suggests the restraining influence of caution or formality in checking easy informal conversational exchange. greetings were brief, formal, and reserved secretive, too, implies reticence but usually carries a suggestion of deviousness and lack of frankness or of an often ostentatious will to conceal. the secretive research and development division

Examples of secretive in a Sentence

He's very secretive about his work. the intelligence agency remained secretive despite the media's demands for more openness in government
Recent Examples on the Web The testimony from So Han Spivey, documented by reporters from Law360 and CNN who are inside the courtroom, represents the most detail shared with the public to date about the finances of the famously secretive company. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 As a member of the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Angus King has reason to worry about hackers. Alan Sunderman, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 July 2021 As a member of the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Angus King has reason to worry about hackers. Alan Suderman, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 As a member of the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Angus King has reason to worry about hackers. Alan Suderman, ajc, 28 July 2021 Microsoft issued a software update and worked with the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto to investigate the secretive Israeli company behind the hacking efforts. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021 Microsoft issued a software update and worked with the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto to investigate the secretive Israeli company behind the hacking efforts. Alan Suderman, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 Brin, too, has invested in aviation, pouring money into his secretive airship company, LTA Research and Exploration, according to TechCrunch. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 Palantir, the secretive data-crunching company co-founded by Peter Thiel, has earned millions in government contracts to provide software that, according to various reports, hardly works at all. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of secretive

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for secretive

back-formation from secretiveness, partial translation of French secrétivité

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The first known use of secretive was in 1835

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“Secretive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secretive. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for secretive

secretive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of secretive

: not letting people see or know what you are doing or thinking : tending to act in secret

secretive

adjective
se·​cre·​tive | \ ˈsē-krə-tiv How to pronounce secretive (audio) , si-ˈkrē- \

Kids Definition of secretive

: tending to act in secret or keep secrets

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