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[si-kreet] /sɪˈkrit/
verb (used with object), secreted, secreting.
to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.
Origin of secrete1
1700-10; back formation from secretion


[si-kreet] /sɪˈkrit/
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 .


[suh-kret] /səˈkrɛt/
noun, Armor.
a steel skullcap of the 17th century, worn under a soft hat.
< French; see secret Unabridged
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  • This blind is made by breaking down the tall reeds, leaving a fence in front, next the water, to secrete the gunner from the game.

  • But when it has been milked two or three times it ceases to secrete.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • She looked about her for some instrument to secrete in case she should be driven to the last stronghold of honor.

  • De Spain drew quickly back to where he could secrete himself.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • He hurried off to his room to secrete the box, meaning to deliver it to this friend of his, Oscar Seltz, during the afternoon.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • You can hardly find them by day, for they are cunning and secrete themselves.

  • It was to keep his master from selling him, that he was thus induced to secrete himself.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • Why should she secrete it with such care unless it conveyed a lover's assurance?

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • They had ridden out of the bush and come on the road so suddenly that Black had no time to secrete himself.

    Hunted and Harried R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for secrete


(of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
Derived Forms
secretor, noun
Word Origin
C18: back formation from secretion


(transitive) to put in a hiding place
Word Origin
C18: variant of obsolete secret to hide away; see secret (n)
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Word Origin and History for secrete

1707, back-formation from secretion. Related: Secreted; secretes; secreting.

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secrete in Medicine

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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secrete in Science
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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