1 [si-kreet]
verb (used with object), secreted, secreting.
to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.

1700–10; back formation from secretion Unabridged


2 [si-kreet]
verb (used with object), secreted, secreting.
to place out of sight; hide; conceal: squirrels secreting nuts in a hollow tree trunk.

1735–45; alteration of obsolete secret, v. use of secret

cover, shroud, disguise. See hide1.


noun Armor.
a steel skullcap of the 17th century, worn under a soft hat.

< French; see secret Unabridged
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secrete1 (sɪˈkriːt)
(of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
[C18: back formation from secretion]

secrete2 (sɪˈkriːt)
(tr) to put in a hiding place
[C18: variant of obsolete secret to hide away; see secret (n)]

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Medical Dictionary

secrete se·crete (sĭ-krēt')
v. se·cret·ed, se·cret·ing, se·cretes
To generate and separate a substance from cells or bodily fluids.

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Science Dictionary
secrete   (sĭ-krēt')  Pronunciation Key 
To produce and discharge a substance, especially from the cells of specialized glands. For example, the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas secrete the hormone insulin.
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Example sentences
When cracks form, the bacteria wake from dormancy and secrete limestone, in
  effect healing the concrete.
Scientists have discovered that certain caterpillars manufacture and secrete
  their own insect repellent, a new study shows.
Zebra tarantulas secrete silk through their feet to increase traction,
  scientists say.
On each tomato seed, tiny hairs called trichomes secrete the goo that encases
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