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secretnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsi·krɪt/
a ​piece of ​information that is not ​generallyknown 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 ofyoursuccess (= How was it ​achieved)?

secretadjective

 us   /ˈsi·krət/
known, done, or ​kept without ​othersknowing: secret ​information The ​peaceprocessbegan 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.
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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 ​tellBob about my ​illness? You just can't keep a secret, can you? A ​closecouple 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 ​particularknowledge and ​skillsneeded 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 ​presidentescaped through a secret ​passageunderneath the ​parliamentbuilding. 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 ​surpriseparty secret from Mum until her ​birthday? [before noun] used to refer to someone who has a ​particularhabit, ​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 ​recordedphoneconversations.
(Definition of secret from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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secretadjective

uk   us   /ˈsiːkrət/
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   us   /ˈsiːkrət/
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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