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secret service

n.
1.
a. Intelligence-gathering activities conducted secretly by a government agency.
b. A government agency engaged in intelligence-gathering activities.
2. Secret Service A branch of the US Treasury Department concerned especially with protection of the president.

secret service

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a government agency or department that conducts intelligence or counterintelligence operations
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) such operations

Secret Service

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a US government agency responsible for the protection of the president, the suppression of counterfeiting, and certain other police activities

se′cret serv′ice


n.
1. the branch of government service that conducts secret investigations, esp. regarding espionage.
2. (caps.) a branch of the U.S. Department of the Treasury chiefly responsible for protecting the president and vice president and their families, and for apprehending counterfeiters.
[1730–40]
se′cret-serv′ice, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.secret service - the United States intelligence agency that protects current and former presidents and vice presidents and their immediate families and protects distinguished foreign visitorsSecret Service - the United States intelligence agency that protects current and former presidents and vice presidents and their immediate families and protects distinguished foreign visitors; detects and apprehends counterfeiters; suppresses forgery of government securities and documents
Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
United States intelligence agency - an intelligence service in the United States
Translations
tajná služba
efterretningstjeneste
salainen palvelu
tajna služba
諜報機関
첩보부
underrättelsetjänst
หน่วยสืบราชการลับ
cục tình báo

Secret Service

n (Am) the Secret Servicei servizi segreti

secret service

خِدْمَةٌ سِرِّيَّة tajná služba efterretningstjeneste Geheimdienst μυστική υπηρεσία servicio secreto salainen palvelu services secrets tajna služba servizi segreti 諜報機関 첩보부 geheime dienst sikkerhetstjeneste wywiad serviço secreto секретная служба underrättelsetjänst หน่วยสืบราชการลับ gizli servis cục tình báo 特勤局
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I at once ordered a secret search within the city, for every Martian noble maintains a secret service of his own.