[ US /ˈsikɹɪtɫi/ ]
[ UK /sˈiːkɹətli/ ]
  1. not openly; inwardly
    they were secretly delighted at his embarrassment
    hoped secretly she would change her mind
  2. in secrecy; not openly
    met secretly to discuss the invasion plans
    they arranged to meet in secret
    the children secretly went to the movies when they were supposed to be at the library
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How To Use secretly In A Sentence

  • 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.
  • A Shandean fate overtook his body, which was taken by grave-robbers, recognized at an anatomy lecture in Cambridge, and secretly returned to its grave.
  • He further asked: “‘Clear me of unperceived guilt’ [ibid.; i.e., of the sins I committed secretly, unperceived by others].” Bathsheba: Midrash and Aggadah.
  • We love poker, says Alvarez, because we are all secretly in love with America.
  • John Hales, clerk of the hanaper, a learned and able man, and, like all who espoused this party, a zealous protestant, had written, and secretly circulated, a book in defence of the claims of the lady Catherine, and he had also procured opinions of foreign lawyers in favor of the validity of her marriage. Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth
  • The city of Palermo was also distinguishable; and Julia, as she gazed on its glittering spires; would endeavour in imagination to depicture its beauties, while she secretly sighed for a view of that world, from which she had hitherto been secluded by the mean jealousy of the marchioness, upon whose mind the dread of rival beauty operated strongly to the prejudice of Emilia and Julia. A Sicilian Romance
  • Poor Gloria, " she said, although she was secretly delighted.
  • Frank would not counter-order the drink, for he loved it; he persuaded himself that he should be strictly moderate, while he was secretly determined to keep within his reach the means of excess. Frank Oldfield Lost and Found
  • The President has accused two cabinet ministers of working secretly to undermine his position/him.
  • Godolphin secretly resented the very evenness of temper he had once almost overprized. Godolphin, Complete
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