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secretnoun

uk   us   /ˈsiː.krət/
B1 [C] a piece of information that is only known by one person or a few people and should not be told to others: Why did you have to go and tell Bob about my illness? You just can't keep a secret, can you? A close couple should have no secrets from each other. Aren't you going to let me in on (= tell me) the secret? There's no secret (= everyone knows) about his homosexuality. She makes no secret of (= makes very clear) her dislike of her father. That restaurant is one of the best-kept secrets in Rome. [C] a fact about a subject that is not known: the secrets of the universeB2 [S] the particular knowledge and skills needed to do something very well: So what's the secret of being a good cook?
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secretadjective

uk   us   /ˈsiː.krət/
B1 If something is secret, other people are not allowed to know about it: The president escaped through a secret passage underneath the parliament building. We ought to keep these proposals secret from the chairman for the time being. This is top (= extremely) secret information. Do you think we'll manage to keep the surprise party secret from Mum until her birthday? [before noun] used to refer to someone who has a particular habit, hobby, or feeling but does not tell or show other people that they do: a secret drinker a secret admirer
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secretly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
B1 She said she didn't care about it, but I believe she was secretly delighted. He was convicted on the evidence of secretly recorded phone conversations.
Translations of “secret”
in Arabic سِرّي…
in Korean 비밀의…
in Malaysian rahsia…
in French secret…
in Turkish gizli, mahrem…
in Italian segreto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 秘密, 奧秘, 秘訣…
in Russian тайный…
in Polish tajny, w tajemnicy…
in Vietnamese thầm kín, bí mật…
in Spanish secreto…
in Portuguese secreto…
in Thai ความลับ…
in German geheim…
in Catalan secret…
in Japanese 秘密の, 内緒の…
in Indonesian rahasia…
in Chinese (Simplified) 秘密, 奥秘, 秘诀…
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