from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To generate and separate (a substance) from cells or bodily fluids: secrete digestive juices.
- transitive v. To conceal in a hiding place; cache. See Synonyms at hide1.
- transitive v. To steal secretly; filch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. separated
- v. To extract a substance from blood, sap, or similar to produce and emit waste for excretion or for the fulfilling of a physiological function.
- v. figurative uses
- v. To conceal.
- v. With away, to steal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To deposit in a place of hiding; to hide; to conceal.
- transitive v. To separate from the blood and elaborate by the process of secretion; to elaborate and emit as a secretion. See Secretion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make or keep secret; hide; conceal; remove from observation or the knowledge of others: as, to secrete stolen goods; to secrete one's self.
- In animal and vegetable physiology, to produce, prepare, or elaborate by the process of secretion—the product thus derived from the blood or sap being a substance not previously existing, the character of which depends upon the kind of organ which acts, or on the manner in which the secretory operation is carried on.
- Synonyms Hide, etc. See conceal, and list under hide.
- Separate; distinct.
- n. An obsolete form of secret.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
- v. place out of sight; keep secret
Back-formation from secretion1.
Probably alteration of obsolete secret, from secret.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1678: from the Latin participle sēcrētus ("[having been] separated"). (Wiktionary)
First directly attested in 1728; attested as the past-participial adjective secreted in 1707: from Latin sēcrēt-, perfect passive participial stem of sēcernō ("I separate"); reinforced by back-formation from secretion; compare secern; cognate with the French sécréter and the Spanish secretar. (Wiktionary)
Alteration of verb sense of secret (Wiktionary)