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secret

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1 undertaken or done so as to escape being observed or known by others
  • a secret operation to rescue captive soldiers behind enemy lines
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2 working on missions in which one's objectives, activities, or true identity are not publicly revealed
  • secret agents whose wartime exploits were known only by top government officials
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3 screened or sequestered from view
  • a secret cave that is screened by trees
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secret, covert, stealthy, furtive, clandestine, surreptitious, underhanded mean done without attracting observation. secret implies concealment on any grounds for any motive.
    • met at a secret location
covert stresses the fact of not being open or declared.
    • covert intelligence operations
stealthy suggests taking pains to avoid being seen or heard especially in some misdoing.
    • the stealthy step of a burglar
furtive implies a sly or cautious stealthiness.
    • lovers exchanging furtive glances
clandestine implies secrecy usually for an evil, illicit, or unauthorized purpose and often emphasizes the fear of being discovered.
    • a clandestine meeting of conspirators
surreptitious applies to action or behavior done secretly often with skillful avoidance of detection and in violation of custom, law, or authority.
    • the surreptitious stockpiling of weapons
underhanded stresses fraud or deception.
    • an underhanded trick

secret

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1 information shared only with another or with a select few
  • You didn't really expect him to keep a secret from me, did you?
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2 something hard to understand or explain
  • The secrets of the Egyptian pyramids include the construction methods used to lift the huge blocks of stone in place.
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3 something that allows someone to achieve a desired goal
  • The secret to advancement in this company is to appear dedicated.
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