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English definition of “secret”

secret

adjective     /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 ?Secrecy and privacy [before noun] describes 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 Secrecy and privacy secretly     /-li/ adverb 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 .Secrecy and privacy
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