Secrete meaning

sĭ-krēt
To generate and release (a substance) from a cell or a gland.

Secrete hormones.

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Secrete is defined as to hide, or to produce and release a liquid.

An example of secrete is to put the house key in a secret location.

An example of secrete is for the body to produce sweat.

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To conceal in a hiding place; cache.
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To steal secretly; filch.
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To form and release (a specified secretion), as a gland does.
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To put or keep in a secret place; hide; conceal.
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To generate and release a substance from a cell or a gland.

Secrete hormones.

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To produce and discharge a substance, especially from the cells of specialized glands. For example, the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas secrete the hormone insulin.
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(obsolete, rare) Separated.
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(physiology, of organs, glands, etc.) To extract a substance from blood, sap, or similar to produce and emit waste for excretion or for the fulfilling of a physiological function.
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Figurative uses.
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With away, to steal.

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

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Origin of secrete

  • Probably alteration of obsolete secret from secret

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

  • Back-formation from secretion

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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Alteration of verb sense of secret

    From Wiktionary