Secrete Definition

sĭ-krēt
secreted, secretes, secreting
verb
secreted, secretes, secreting
To form and release (a specified secretion), as a gland does.
Webster's New World
To put or keep in a secret place; hide; conceal.
Webster's New World
To steal secretly; filch.
American Heritage
Figurative uses.
Wiktionary

With away, to steal.

The royal jewels were secreted away in the middle of the night, sub rosa.
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adjective

(obsolete, rare) Separated.

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Origin of Secrete

  • First directly attested in 1728; attested as the past-participial adjective secreted in 1707: from Latin sÄ“crÄ“t-, perfect passive participial stem of sÄ“cernō (“I separate"); reinforced by back-formation from secretion; compare secern; cognate with the French sécréter and the Spanish secretar.

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  • First attested in 1678: from the Latin participle sÄ“crÄ“tus (“[having been] separated").

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  • Probably alteration of obsolete secret from secret

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of verb sense of secret

    From Wiktionary

  • Back-formation from secretion

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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