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Princeton's WordNet

  1. secretly, in secret, on the Q.T., on the QTadverb

    in secrecy; not openly

    "met secretly to discuss the invasion plans"; "the children secretly went to the movies when they were supposed to be at the library"; "they arranged to meet in secret"

  2. secretlyadverb

    not openly; inwardly

    "they were secretly delighted at his embarrassment"; "hoped secretly she would change her mind"

Wiktionary

  1. secretlyadverb

    In secret, covertly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Secretlyadverb

    Privately; privily; not openly; not publickly; not so as to be known.

    Etymology: from secret.

    Give him this letter, do it secretly. William Shakespeare.

    Those thoughts are not wholly mine; but either they are secretly in the poet, or may be fairly deduced from him. Dryd.

    Now secretly with inward grief she pin’d;
    Now warm resentments to his griefs he join’d. Addison.

    Some may place their chief satisfaction in giving secretly what is to be distributed; others, in being the open and avowed instruments of making such distributions. Francis Atterbury.

Wikipedia

  1. Secretly

    Secretly is a popular song. It was written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, Mark Markwell, and Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore and published in 1958. The best-known recording of the song was done by Jimmie Rodgers, charting in 1958, reaching #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the US Billboard Hot Country. It became a gold record. The song was revived in 1965 when The Lettermen released it as a single. This version became a minor hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 64.

ChatGPT

  1. secretly

    Secretly refers to the act of doing something in a hidden, concealed, or clandestine manner, often to avoid detection or the knowledge and awareness of others. It implies a lack of transparency, openness, and often involves factors of surprise, stealth or confidentially.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secretlyadverb

    in a secret manner

Wikidata

  1. Secretly

    "Secretly" is a popular song. It was written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, and Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore and published in 1958. The best-known recording of the song was done by Jimmie Rodgers, charting in 1958, reaching number three on the U.S. pop chart and number five on the country chart. The song was revived in 1965 when The Lettermen released it as a single. This version became a minor hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 64.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of secretly in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of secretly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of secretly in a Sentence

  1. Jack Wong:

    No one was prepared for the horrific revelation that our precioushaum?na( students) were secretly abused and physically and emotionally traumatized from 1962-1984 by Dr. Robert Browne, Chief of Psychiatry at St. Francis Hospital. And, after abuses were reported, not nearly enough was done. … Kamehameha Schools is deeply and truly sorry.

  2. Shin Bet:

    The investigation uncovered that the suspects met secretly to discuss and promote Islamic State's ideology, the hard core among the activists are employed at schools in the Negev. Some took advantage of their position and attempted to plead the case for ISIS among pupils and teachers on school premises.

  3. William Least Heat Moon:

    There are two kinds of adventurers those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won't.

  4. Yan Myo Thien:

    Who gave the order to use such forces? Do they have such forces formed secretly? They need to explain it to the people openly.

  5. Ruth Danielsen:

    Then the BLM began secretly gathering ‘stuff’ against the Hammonds accusing them of arson, conspiracy, flying in restricted airspace, etc..

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