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secret

[see-krit] /ˈsi krɪt/
adjective
1.
done, made, or conducted without the knowledge of others:
secret negotiations.
2.
kept from the knowledge of any but the initiated or privileged:
a secret password.
3.
faithful or cautious in keeping confidential matters confidential; close-mouthed; reticent.
4.
designed or working to escape notice, knowledge, or observation:
a secret drawer; the secret police.
5.
secluded, sheltered, or withdrawn:
a secret hiding place.
6.
beyond ordinary human understanding; esoteric.
7.
  1. bearing the classification secret.
  2. limited to persons authorized to use information documents, etc., so classified.
noun
8.
something that is or is kept secret, hidden, or concealed.
9.
a mystery:
the secrets of nature.
10.
a reason or explanation not immediately or generally apparent.
11.
a method, formula, plan, etc., known only to the initiated or the few:
the secret of happiness; a trade secret.
12.
a classification assigned to information, a document, etc., considered less vital to security than top-secret but more vital than confidential, and limiting its use to persons who have been cleared, as by various government agencies, as trustworthy to handle such material.
Compare classification (def 5).
13.
(initial capital letter) Liturgy. a variable prayer in the Roman and other Latin liturgies, said inaudibly by the celebrant after the offertory and immediately before the preface.
Idioms
14.
in secret, unknown to others; in private; secretly:
A resistance movement was already being organized in secret.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English secrette < Old French secret < Latin sēcrētus hidden, orig. past participle of sēcernere to secern
Related forms
secretly, adverb
secretness, noun
nonsecret, adjective, noun
nonsecretly, adverb
quasi-secret, adjective
quasi-secretly, adverb
semisecret, adjective
semisecretly, adverb
supersecret, noun
ultrasecret, adjective
ultrasecretly, adverb
unsecretly, adverb
Synonyms
1. clandestine, hidden, concealed, covert. 1, 2. private, confidential. 3. secretive. 6. occult, obscure, mysterious.
Antonyms
1. open, manifest.
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Examples for secretly
  • While the secretly divided the lands over the horizon.
  • Tragically, people died because they had secretly returned to the exclusion zone area against government orders.
  • He divided irreplaceable plant specimens, secretly distributing them to friends for safekeeping.
  • Ostensibly preparing for the north, he secretly planned for the south.
  • The vessel had been secretly taken over by pirates some days before and was being used as a base for pirate attacks.
  • Each of these stewards knew their neighbors and recruited busy-bodies to secretly watch their neighbor.
  • They infiltrate online courses and secretly collect information about students by blending in with them.
  • If it has to be done secretly, then there's probably something wrong with it.
  • Many companies have secretly insured their employees lives with themselves as beneficiaries and made money at it.
  • And, don't forget that many full-time faculty are secretly teaching as adjuncts.
British Dictionary definitions for secretly

secret

/ˈsiːkrɪt/
adjective
1.
kept hidden or separate from the knowledge of others related adjective cryptic
2.
known only to initiates a secret password
3.
hidden from general view or use a secret garden
4.
able or tending to keep things private or to oneself
5.
operating without the knowledge of outsiders a secret society
6.
outside the normal range of knowledge
noun
7.
something kept or to be kept hidden
8.
something unrevealed; mystery
9.
an underlying explanation, reason, etc, that is not apparent the secret of success
10.
a method, plan, etc, known only to initiates
11.
(liturgy) a variable prayer, part of the Mass, said by the celebrant after the offertory and before the preface
12.
in the secret, among the people who know a secret
Derived Forms
secretly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin sēcrētus concealed, from sēcernere to sift; see secern
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Word Origin and History for secretly
secret
late 14c. (n.), c.1400 (adj.), from L. secretus "set apart, withdrawn, hidden," originally pp. of secernere "to set apart," from se- "without, apart," prop. on one's own (from PIE *sed-, from base *s(w)e-; see idiom) + cernere "separate" (see crisis). The verb meaning "to keep secret" (described in OED as "obsolete") is attested from 1590s. Secretive is attested from 1853. Secret agent first recorded 1715; secret service is from 1737; secret weapon is from 1936.
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Slang definitions & phrases for secretly

secret

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dirty little secret


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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