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discreet

adjective uk   /dɪˈskriːt/ us  
C2 careful not to cause embarrassment or attract too much attention, especially by keeping something secret: The family made discreet enquiries about his background. They are very good assistants, very discreet - they wouldn't go talking to the press. Note: Do not confuse with discrete.
discreetly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Translations of “discreet”
in Spanish discreto…
in French sage…
in German verschwiegen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 審慎的,謹慎的,小心的…
in Russian тактичный, не болтливый…
in Turkish temkinli, dikkatli ve nazik, ölçülü…
in Chinese (Simplified) 审慎的,谨慎的,小心的…
in Polish dyskretny…
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