secrete

1
[ si-kreet ]
/ sɪˈkrit /

verb (used with object), se·cret·ed, se·cret·ing.

to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.

Origin of secrete

1
First recorded in 1700–10; back formation from secretion

Definition for secrete (2 of 3)

secrete

2
[ si-kreet ]
/ sɪˈkrit /

verb (used with object), se·cret·ed, se·cret·ing.

to place out of sight; hide; conceal: squirrels secreting nuts in a hollow tree trunk.

Origin of secrete

2
1735–45; alteration of obsolete secret, v. use of secret

Definition for secrete (3 of 3)

secrète

[ suh-kret ]
/ səˈkrɛt /

noun Armor.

a steel skullcap of the 17th century, worn under a soft hat.

Origin of secrète

From French; see origin at secret
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British Dictionary definitions for secrete (1 of 2)

secrete

1
/ (sɪˈkriːt) /

verb

(of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)

Derived Forms

secretor, noun

Word Origin for secrete

C18: back formation from secretion

British Dictionary definitions for secrete (2 of 2)

secrete

2
/ (sɪˈkriːt) /

verb

(tr) to put in a hiding place

Word Origin for secrete

C18: variant of obsolete secret to hide away; see secret (n)
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Medicine definitions for secrete

secrete

[ sĭ-krēt ]

v.

To generate and release a substance from a cell or a gland.
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Science definitions for secrete

secrete

[ sĭ-krēt ]

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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