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Princeton's WordNet

  1. secrete, releaseverb

    generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids

    "secrete digestive juices"; "release a hormone into the blood stream"

  2. secreteverb

    place out of sight; keep secret

    "The money was secreted from his children"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SECRETEverb

    Etymology: secretus, Latin.


  1. secrete

    Secretion is the movement of material from one point to another, such as a secreted chemical substance from a cell or gland. In contrast, excretion is the removal of certain substances or waste products from a cell or organism. The classical mechanism of cell secretion is via secretory portals at the plasma membrane called porosomes. Porosomes are permanent cup-shaped lipoprotein structures embedded in the cell membrane, where secretory vesicles transiently dock and fuse to release intra-vesicular contents from the cell. Secretion in bacterial species means the transport or translocation of effector molecules for example: proteins, enzymes or toxins (such as cholera toxin in pathogenic bacteria e.g. Vibrio cholerae) from across the interior (cytoplasm or cytosol) of a bacterial cell to its exterior. Secretion is a very important mechanism in bacterial functioning and operation in their natural surrounding environment for adaptation and survival.


  1. secrete

    The general definition for "secrete" is to produce and release a substance, such as a liquid or hormone, from a cell, gland, or organ of a living organism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secreteverb

    to deposit in a place of hiding; to hide; to conceal; as, to secrete stolen goods; to secrete one's self

  2. Secreteverb

    to separate from the blood and elaborate by the process of secretion; to elaborate and emit as a secretion. See Secretion

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Secrete

    sē-krēt′, v.t. to make secret: to hide: to conceal: to produce from the circulating fluids, as the blood in animals, the sap in vegetables.—adj. separate, distinct.—n.pl. Sēcrē′ta, the products of secretion.—n. Sēcrē′tion, the act of secreting or separating from a circulating fluid: that which is so secreted.—adj. Sēcrē′tional.—n. Sē′cretist, a dealer in secrets.—adjs. Sēcreti′tious, produced by secretion; Sēcrē′tive, tending to, or causing, secretion: given to secrecy or to keeping secrets.—adv. Sēcrē′tively.—ns. Sēcrē′tiveness, a phrenological organ supposed to indicate a turn for secrecy and concealment; Sēcrē′tor, a secreting organ.—adj. Sēcrē′tory, performing the office of secretion.—Secreting glands, true glands; Secreting organs, certain specialised organs of plants. [L. secernĕre, secretum.]

Editors Contribution

  1. secrete

    To generate and release.

    The bull did secrete a sufficient sample to impregnate the cow.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 22, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of secrete in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of secrete in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of secrete in a Sentence

  1. Cora Collette Breuner:

    We don’t secrete melatonin to help us sleep when we’re staring at light.

  2. Joshy Jacob:

    The milk stayed good, just like you refrigerated it, in 2012, scientists took that particular frog and wanted to know why is it, why do these frogs keep milk fresh? It turned out that when you shock a frog or when you stimulate them or stress them, they secrete these short peptides into their surroundings.

  3. Cora Collette Breuner:

    Devices should be off and charging away from the bed, whether it’s in the kitchen or another room besides the bedroom, we don’t secrete melatonin to help us sleep when we’re staring at light.

  4. Eric Hawkins:

    We need to examine the role and responsibility of law enforcement and other state agencies that protect people... it's fair for that examination. We expect it, but it's also important that people understand that sometimes it's not as easy, not as obvious, at the very outset or during the course of the investigation, to resolve these sorts of incidents. You have people absolutely determined to secrete a child away unlawfully, hiding under a staircase, giving limited access to the home, and otherwise evasive in terms of cooperation. Having someone who's that determined, and( police) don't have legal justification to do certain things, it makes it difficult to resolve cases.

  5. Megan Fox:

    I was in a row with Bieber and Trump was also in my row. I’d never seen the Secret Service in person before so he had like 30 Secrete Service with him. He was a legend. That arena was very supportive of Trump when he came in.

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