Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “second”


verb [T]     /sɪˈkɒnd/ US  /-ˈkɑːnd/ UK
to send an employee to work somewhere else temporarily , either to increase the number of workers or to replace other workers , or to exchange experience or skills : During the dispute , many police officers were seconded from traffic duty to the prison service .Promoting, demoting and transferring staff secondment     /-mənt/ noun [C or U] UK His involvement with the project began when he was on (a) secondment from NASA to the European Space Agency .Promoting, demoting and transferring staff
(Definition of second verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of second

Definitions of “second” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a good knowledge of something, or the fact that you know it so well

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More