- to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.
Origin of secrete1
First recorded in 1700–10; back formation from secretion
- to place out of sight; hide; conceal: squirrels secreting nuts in a hollow tree trunk.
Origin of secrete2
1735–45; alteration of obsolete secret, v. use of secret
SynonymsSee more synonyms for secrete on Thesaurus.com
cover, shroud, disguise. See hide1.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for secreting
Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.The Lock And Key Library
Again he glances inquiringly around, with a view to secreting the corpse.The Death Shot
The remainder of the tree takes the position or place of secreting.Philosophy of Osteopathy
Andrew T. Still
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
- (of a cell, organ, etc) to synthesize and release (a secretion)
C18: back formation from secretion
- (tr) to put in a hiding place
C18: variant of obsolete secret to hide away; see secret (n)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for secreting
1707, back-formation from secretion. Related: Secreted; secretes; secreting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To generate and release a substance from a cell or a gland.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.