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English definition of “in secret”

in secret

B2 in a private place with no one else present and without other people knowing: The negotiators were meeting in secret for several months before the peace agreement was made public.Secrecy and privacy only in someone's thoughts, without telling other people: He says he loathes her, but I think in secret he really likes her.Secrecy and privacy
(Definition of in secret from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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