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"secret" in British English

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secretnoun

uk   /ˈsiː.krət/ 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 universe
B2 [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   /ˈsiː.krət/ 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   /ˈsiː.krət.li/ us   /ˈsiː.krət.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.
(Definition of secret from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"secret" in American English

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secretnoun [C]

us   /ˈsi·krɪt/
a piece of information that is not generally known or is not known by someone else and should not be told to others: We don’t keep secrets from each other. Don’t tell anyone – it’s a secret. What’s the secret of your success (= How was it achieved)?

secretadjective

us   /ˈsi·krət/
known, done, or kept without others knowing: secret information The peace process began with secret talks in Norway.
secrecy
noun [U] us   /ˈsi·krə·si/
What’s the reason for all this secrecy?
secretly
adverb us   /ˈsi·krɪt·li/
They secretly took photographs of Jack.
(Definition of secret from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"secret" in Business English

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secretadjective

uk   /ˈsiːkrət/ us  
if something is secret, only particular people are allowed to know about it: secret deal/meeting/talks Staff were informed to keep the company's plans secret. a secret document/operation/proposal
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secretnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsiːkrət/ us  
an important piece of information that only a few people know and that should not be told to anyone else: The ingredients of the drink are a closely-guarded secret. a national/military/state secret
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(Definition of secret from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “secret”
in Korean 비밀의…
in Arabic سِرّي…
in Malaysian rahsia…
in French secret…
in Russian тайный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 秘密, 奧秘, 秘訣…
in Italian segreto…
in Turkish gizli, mahrem…
in Polish tajny, w tajemnicy…
in Spanish secreto…
in Vietnamese thầm kín, bí mật…
in Portuguese secreto…
in Thai ความลับ…
in German geheim…
in Catalan secret…
in Japanese 秘密の, 内緒の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 秘密, 奥秘, 秘诀…
in Indonesian rahasia…
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“secret” in British English

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