[ US /ˈsikɹət, ˈsikɹɪt/ ]
  1. not openly made known
    a secret bride
    a secret marriage
  2. not expressed
    secret (or private) thoughts
  3. the next to highest level of official classification for documents
  4. hidden from general view or use
    a secluded romantic spot
    a privy place to rest and think
    a secret garden
    a secluded romantic spot
  5. (of information) given in confidence or in secret
    their secret communications
    this arrangement must be kept confidential
  6. not open or public; kept private or not revealed
    a secret formula
    secret talks
    secret ingredients
  7. designed to elude detection
    the secret compartment in the desk
    a hidden room or place of concealment such as a priest hole
    a secret passage
  8. conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
    clandestine intelligence operations
    cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines
    secret sales of arms
    a secret agent
    an undercover investigation
    hole-and-corner intrigue
    surreptitious mobilization of troops
    secret missions
    underground resistance
  9. indulging only covertly
    a secret alcoholic
  10. communicated covertly
    their secret signal was a wink
    secret messages
  11. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
    the mystical style of Blake
    occult lore
    the secret learning of the ancients
    mysterious symbols
  1. something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on)
    he tried to keep his drinking a secret
    the combination to the safe was a secret
  2. something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    how it got out is a mystery
    it remains one of nature's secrets
  3. information known only to a special group
    the secret of Cajun cooking
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How To Use secret In A Sentence

  • So, did it take a row over a ban on journalists to enable him to penetrate the secret that the regime is not a model of benignity?
  • Fun is the secret ingredient of a lot of great companies, but 10 years of economic prosperity, a resurgent stock market, and the dawning of the dot-com have created other business priorities.
  • The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. Henry Ward Beecher 
  • Any calls from the press or from friends were being taken on other lines by one of Andrew McClintock's secretaries. THE AMBASSADOR'S WOMEN
  • There was a reason for this: unbeknown to the Reserve Bank, the major banks were working secretly and cooperatively to develop an alternative payment system that would substitute for direct debits.
  • He is then heard of as plotting with Garibaldi in Italy, as secretary of a legation in Japan, and in other parts of the world.
  • The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret - that man is black at heart: mark and avoid him. Northern Rock - Pay staff a bonus with public cash.
  • And there lies the secret: you are none of the above and your life is a chaotic mess. Times, Sunday Times
  • It seems that the foreign secretary is a fast learner. Times, Sunday Times
  • If the worst happens, I'll start an underground blogging movement with secret servers in people's attics.
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