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A secret formula, method, or device that gives one an advantage over competitors.
(Commerce) a secret formula, technique, process, etc, known and used to advantage by only one manufacturer
a secret method, device, process, or formula, used to competitive advantage in a business.
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|Noun||1.||trade secret - a secret (method or device or formula) that gives a manufacturer an advantage over the competition|
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"