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se·cret

 (sē′krĭt)
adj.
1.
a. Kept hidden from knowledge or view; concealed: a secret identity; a secret passageway.
b. Not expressed; inward: secret desires.
2.
a. Given to keeping one's thoughts and activities unknown to others; secretive: "Scrooge ... was secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster" (Charles Dickens).
b. Not revealing a secret or not given to revealing secrets: "She boasted ... that he did tell her. But he didn't. He was secret as the grave" (Ruth Prawer Jhabvala).
3.
a. Operating in a hidden or confidential manner: a secret commission; a secret agent.
b. Containing information, the unauthorized disclosure of which poses a grave threat to national security.
4. Not much visited; secluded: a secret hiding place.
5.
a. Known or shared only by the initiated: secret rites.
b. Beyond ordinary understanding; mysterious: "like Pan, calling out with his flute to come join in on the secret chaos of the world" (Rick Bass).
n.
1. Something that is kept out of the knowledge or sight of others or is known only to oneself or a few: wanted to have no secrets between them.
2. Something that remains beyond understanding or explanation; a mystery: unlocking the secrets of the atom.
3. A method or formula for doing or making something well, especially when not widely known: The secret of this dish is in the sauce.
4. Secret A variable prayer said after the Offertory and before the Preface in the Mass.
Idiom:
in secret
Without others knowing.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sēcrētus, from past participle of sēcernere, to set aside : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + cernere, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

se′cret·ly adv.
Synonyms: secret, stealthy, covert, clandestine, furtive, surreptitious, underhanded
These adjectives mean deliberately hidden from view or knowledge. Secret is the most general: a desk with a secret compartment; secret negotiations. Stealthy suggests quiet, cautious deceptiveness intended to escape notice: heard stealthy footsteps on the stairs. Covert describes something that is concealed or disguised: protested covert actions undertaken by the CIA. Clandestine implies stealth and secrecy for the concealment of an often illegal or improper purpose: a clandestine love affair. Furtive suggests the slyness, shiftiness, and evasiveness of a thief: took a furtive glance at the papers on the desk. Something surreptitious is stealthy, furtive, and often unseemly or unethical: the surreptitious recording of a conversation. Underhanded implies unfairness, deceit, or slyness as well as secrecy: achieved success by underhanded methods.

secret

(ˈsiːkrɪt)
adj
1. kept hidden or separate from the knowledge of others.
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
n
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. (Ecclesiastical Terms) 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
[C14: via Old French from Latin sēcrētus concealed, from sēcernere to sift; see secern]
ˈsecretly adv

se•cret

(ˈsi krɪt)

adj.
1. done, made, or conducted without the knowledge of others.
2. kept from general knowledge: a secret password.
3. carrying out activities in a manner that prevents them from being observed or detected: a secret agent.
4. hidden from sight; concealed: a secret entrance.
5. close-mouthed; secretive.
6. beyond ordinary human understanding; esoteric.
7. designating the security classification below top-secret, or a document so classified.
n.
8. something that is secret, hidden, or concealed.
9. a mystery: the secrets of nature.
10. a reason or explanation not readily apparent: the secret of her success.
11. a method, plan, etc., known only to the initiated: a trade secret.
12. (cap.) an inaudible prayer said before the preface during the mass.
Idioms:
in secret, so as to remain hidden; secretly.
[1350–1400; Middle English secrette < Old French secret < Latin sēcrētus hidden, orig. past participle of sēcernere; see secern]
se′cret•ly, adv.
se′cret•ness, n.

secret

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.secret - something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on)secret - something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on); "the combination to the safe was a secret"; "he tried to keep his drinking a secret"
info, information - a message received and understood
confidence - a secret that is confided or entrusted to another; "everyone trusted him with their confidences"; "the priest could not reveal her confidences"
open secret - something that is supposed to be secret but is generally known; "their love affair was an open secret"
trade secret - a secret (method or device or formula) that gives a manufacturer an advantage over the competition
2.secret - information known only to a special group; "the secret of Cajun cooking"
info, information - a message received and understood
esoterica - secrets known only to an initiated minority
cabala, cabbala, cabbalah, kabala, kabbala, kabbalah, qabala, qabalah - an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret
countersign, password, watchword, parole, word - a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group; "he forgot the password"
3.secret - something that baffles understanding and cannot be explainedsecret - something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"
perplexity - trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
Adj.1.secret - not open or public; kept private or not revealed; "a secret formula"; "secret ingredients"; "secret talks"
concealed - hidden on any grounds for any motive; "a concealed weapon"; "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"
2.secret - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methodssecret - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; "clandestine intelligence operations"; "cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines"; "hole-and-corner intrigue"; "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret sales of arms"; "surreptitious mobilization of troops"; "an undercover investigation"; "underground resistance"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"
3.secret - not openly made knownsecret - not openly made known; "a secret marriage"; "a secret bride"
unacknowledged - not recognized or admitted
4.secret - communicated covertly; "their secret signal was a wink"; "secret messages"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"
5.secret - not expressed; "secret (or private) thoughts"
inward - relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts; "a concern with inward reflections"
6.secret - designed to elude detection; "a hidden room or place of concealment such as a priest hole"; "a secret passage"; "the secret compartment in the desk"
concealed - hidden on any grounds for any motive; "a concealed weapon"; "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"
7.secret - hidden from general view or use; "a privy place to rest and think"; "a secluded romantic spot"; "a secret garden"
private - confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"
8.secret - (of information) given in confidence or in secret; "this arrangement must be kept confidential"; "their secret communications"
private - confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"
9.secret - indulging only covertly; "a secret alcoholic"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"
10.secret - having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding; "mysterious symbols"; "the mystical style of Blake"; "occult lore"; "the secret learning of the ancients"
esoteric - confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"
11.secret - the next to highest level of official classification for documents
classified - official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation; "thousands of classified documents have now been declassified"

secret

adjective
1. undisclosed, unknown, confidential, underground, classified, undercover, unpublished, top secret, under wraps, unrevealed Soldiers have been training at a secret location.
2. concealed, hidden, disguised, covered, camouflaged, unseen It has a secret compartment hidden behind the magical mirror.
concealed obvious, apparent, visible, manifest, unconcealed
3. undercover, covert, furtive, shrouded, behind someone's back, conspiratorial, underhand, hush-hush (informal), surreptitious, cloak-and-dagger, backstairs I was heading on a secret mission that made my flesh crawl.
undercover open, public, disclosed, candid, unconcealed, manifest, overt
noun
1. private affair, confidence, skeleton in the cupboard I can't tell you; it's a secret.
2. key, answer, formula, recipe The secret of success is honesty and fair dealing.
3. mystery, question, puzzle, paradox, problem, question mark, enigma, conundrum The past is riddled with deep dark secrets.
in secret secretly, surreptitiously, slyly, behind closed doors, incognito, by stealth, in camera, huggermugger (archaic) Dan found out that I'd been meeting my ex-boyfriend in secret.
Related words
adjective cryptic
Quotations
"They have a skeleton in their closet" [William Makepeace Thackeray The Newcomes]
"I know that's a secret, for it's whispered every where" [William Congreve Love for Love]
"For secrets are edged tools,"
"And must be kept from children and from fools" [John Dryden Sir Martin Mar-All]

secret

adjective
1. Concealed from view:
2. Existing or operating in a way so as to ensure complete concealment and confidentiality:
Informal: hush-hush.
Idiom: under wraps.
3. Known about by very few:
Informal: hush-hush.
noun
A means or method of entering into or achieving something desirable:
Informal: ticket.
Translations
سِرسِر، التَّفْسير الخَفيسِر، سِرّيسِرّسِرِّيّ
таентайнатайно
tajemstvítajnýtajnost
hemmelighemmelighed=-hemmelighed
saladus
salainensalaisuus
tajnatajniskrovit
titok
rahasia
leyndardómurleyndarmálleyndur, leynilegur
秘密秘密の
비밀비밀의
opertumsecretum
saugoti paslaptįslapčiaslaptaislaptasis agentasslaptoji policija
noslēpumsslepens
secrettaină
skrivnostskrivomatajenobdržati kaj v tajnostiobveščevalna služba
hemlighemlighet
เป็นความลับความลับ
bí mậtđiều bí mật

secret

[ˈsiːkrɪt]
A. ADJ [plan, ingredient, admirer, mission] → secreto; [information, document] → secreto, confidencial; [drinker, drug addict] → a escondidas
it's all highly secrettodo es de lo más secreto
to keep sth secretmantener algo en secreto
to keep sth secret from sbocultar algo a algn
they held a secret meetingmantuvieron una reunión en secreto
B. Nsecreto m
the secrets of naturelos misterios de la naturaleza
to do sth in secrethacer algo en secreto or a escondidas
to be in on the secretestar en el secreto, estar al corriente
to keep a secretguardar un secreto
to keep sth a secret from sbocultar algo a algn
to let sb into a/the secretcontar or revelar a algn un/el secreto
it's no secret thatno es ningún secreto que ...
there's no secret about itesto no tiene nada de secreto
to have no secrets from sbno tener secretos para algn
to make no secret of sthno ocultar algo
to remain a secretseguir siendo un secreto
to tell sb a secretcontar un secreto a algn
the secret the secret is to + INFINel secreto consiste en + infin
the secret of successel secreto del éxito
see also open A9
see also state C
C. CPD secret agent Nagente mf secreto/a, espía mf
secret drawer Ncajón m secreto or oculto
secret police Npolicía f secreta
secret service Nservicio m secreto
secret society Nsociedad f secreta
secret weapon N (lit, fig) → arma f secreta

secret

[ˈsiːkrɪt]
adj
[meeting, mission, talks, information, location, documents] → secret/ète
a secret mission → une mission secrète
keep it secret → n'en parle à personne
to keep sth secret from sb → cacher qch à qn, ne pas révéler qch à qn
to be a secret drinker → boire en cachette
[passage, drawer, door] → secret/ète
[vote, ballot] → secret/ète
n
(gen)secret m
It's a secret → C'est un secret.
Can you keep a secret? → Tu sais garder un secret?
to make no secret of sth → ne pas faire mystère de qch
in secret → en secret
(= way of achieving sth) → secret m
the secret of success → le secret du succès
the secret of staying young → le secret pour rester jeunesecret agent nagent m secret

secret

adjgeheim; pocketversteckt; drinker, admirer, ambitionheimlich; ballot, votegeheim; a secret dooreine verborgene Tür, eine Geheimtür; the secret ingredientdie geheimnisvolle Zutat; (fig, of success etc) → die Zauberformel; to keep something secret (from somebody)etw (vor jdm) geheim halten; it’s all highly secretes ist alles streng geheim; she was a secret drug addictsie verheimlichte ihre Drogensucht
nGeheimnis nt; to keep somebody/something a secret (from somebody)jdn/etw (vor jdm) geheim halten; to tell somebody a secretjdm ein Geheimnis anvertrauen or (give away) → verraten; open secretoffenes Geheimnis; in secretim Geheimen; I told you that in secret or as a secretich habe Ihnen das im Vertrauen erzählt; they always met in secretsie trafen sich immer heimlich; (group etc) → sie hatten immer geheime Versammlungen; she pretended to hate London, but in secret she loved the citysie gab vor, London zu hassen, aber insgeheim liebte sie die Stadt; to be in on the secret(in das Geheimnis) eingeweiht sein; to let somebody in on or into a secretjdn in ein Geheimnis einweihen; there’s no secret about itdas ist kein Geheimnis; it’s no secret that …es ist kein Geheimnis, dass …; to keep a secretein Geheimnis für sich behalten; can you keep a secret?kannst du schweigen?; to make no secret of somethingkein Geheimnis or keinen Hehl aus etw machen; the secret of successdas Erfolgsgeheimnis; the secret of being a good teacherdas Geheimnis eines guten Lehrers; I have no secrets from youich habe keine Geheimnisse vor dir

secret

:
secret police
secret service
nGeheimdienst m
secret society
nGeheimgesellschaft f
secret weapon
n (lit, fig)Geheimwaffe f

secret

[ˈsiːkrɪt]
1. adjsegreto/a
to keep sth secret (from sb) → tenere qc nascosto (a qn)
keep it secret → che rimanga un segreto
2. nsegreto
to keep a secret → mantenere un segreto
to let sb into a secret → mettere qn a parte di un segreto, confidare un segreto a qn
to make no secret of sth → non far mistero di qc
to do sth in secret → fare qc in segreto or segretamente

secret

(ˈsiːkrit) adjective
hidden from, unknown to, or not told to, other people. a secret agreement; He kept his illness secret from everybody.
noun
1. something which is, or must be kept, secret. The date of their marriage is a secret; industrial secrets.
2. a hidden explanation. I wish I knew the secret of her success.
ˈsecrecy noun
the state of being or the act of keeping secret.
ˈsecretive (-tiv) adjective
inclined to conceal one's activities, thoughts etc. secretive behaviour.
ˈsecretively adverb
ˈsecretiveness noun
ˈsecretly adverb
in such a way that others do not know, see etc. He secretly copied the numbers down in his notebook.
secret agent
a spy.
secret police
a police force whose activities are kept secret and which is concerned mostly with political crimes.
in secret
secretly. This must all be done in secret.
keep a secret
not to tell (something secret) to anyone else. You can't trust her to keep a secret.

secret

سِرّ, سِرِّيّ tajemství, tajný hemmelig, hemmelighed geheim, Geheimnis μυστικό, μυστικός secreto salainen, salaisuus secret tajna, tajni segreto 秘密, 秘密の 비밀, 비밀의 geheim hemmelig, hemmelighet sekret, tajny secreto, segredo секрет, тайный hemlig, hemlighet เป็นความลับ, ความลับ gizli, sır bí mật, điều bí mật 秘密, 秘密的
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Amy rose to comply with outward composure, but a secret fear oppressed her, for the limes weighed upon her conscience.
The habit in him, she felt, strengthened the secret bond that existed between them.
Oh--er--well, you wouldn't want to see our old friend Professor Bumper left, would you, after he had worked out the secret of the idol of gold?
We did not tell Pavel's secret to anyone, but guarded it jealously--as if the wolves of the Ukraine had gathered that night long ago, and the wedding party been sacrificed, to give us a painful and peculiar pleasure.
She felt moved to read the book in secret and solitude, though none of the others had done so,--to hide it from view at the sound of approaching footsteps.
But, emulating the patience and self-denial of the practiced native warriors, they learned to overcome every difficulty; and it would seem that, in time, there was no recess of the woods so dark, nor any secret place so lovely, that it might claim exemption from the inroads of those who had pledged their blood to satiate their vengeance, or to uphold the cold and selfish policy of the distant monarchs of Europe.
And, beneath the show of a marble palace, that pool of stagnant water, foul with many impurities, and, perhaps, tinged with blood,--that secret abomination, above which, possibly, he may say his prayers, without remembering it,--is this man's miserable soul!
Thou mayest cover up thy secret from the prying multitude.
But if these secret golden keys did seem to open in him his own secret golden treasuries, yet did his breath upon them prove but tarnishing.
We went to a clump of bushes, and Tom made everybody swear to keep the secret, and then showed them a hole in the hill, right in the thickest part of the bushes.
Jones is going to try to spring some- thing on the people here to-night, but I overheard him tell auntie to-day about it, as a secret, but I reckon it's not much of a secret now.
The sun shone down for nearly a week on the secret garden.