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secrete

1
[si-kreet]
verb (used with object), se·cret·ed, se·cret·ing.
  1. to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.
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Origin of secrete

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

secrete

2
[si-kreet]
verb (used with object), se·cret·ed, se·cret·ing.
  1. to place out of sight; hide; conceal: squirrels secreting nuts in a hollow tree trunk.
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Origin of secrete

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

Synonyms for secrete

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Related Words for secreting

stow, stash, perspire, excrete, plant, cache, secure, shroud, conceal, veil, screen, whitewash, cover, stonewall, withhold, disguise, paper, deposit, seclude, ensconce

Examples from the Web for secreting

Historical Examples of secreting

  • Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.

    The Lock And Key Library

    Various

  • Again he glances inquiringly around, with a view to secreting the corpse.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • The remainder of the tree takes the position or place of secreting.

  • Still, if detected in secreting or feeding me, he would be hanged from his own door-post.

    With Fire and Sword

    Samuel H. M. Byers

  • What a mercy it was that she had thought of secreting it like this!

    True Stories of Girl Heroines

    Evelyn Everett-Green


British Dictionary definitions for secreting

secrete

1
verb
  1. (of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
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Derived Formssecretor, noun

Word Origin for secrete

C18: back formation from secretion

secrete

2
verb
  1. (tr) to put in a hiding place
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Word Origin for secrete

C18: variant of obsolete secret to hide away; see secret (n)
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Word Origin and History for secreting

secrete

v.

1707, back-formation from secretion. Related: Secreted; secretes; secreting.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

secreting in Medicine

secrete

(sĭ-krēt)
v.
  1. To generate and release a substance from a cell or a gland.
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secreting in Science

secrete

[sĭ-krēt]
  1. 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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