se|cre|cy [ˈsi:krəsi] n [U]
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: secretie 'secrecy' (15-16 centuries), from secre 'secret' (14-16 centuries), from Old French secré, from Latin secretus; SECRET1]
1.) the process of keeping something secret, or when something is kept a secret
I must stress the need for absolute secrecy about the project.
His work was shrouded in secrecy .
the veil of secrecy that covered the talks
2.) swear sb to secrecy
to make someone promise not to repeat what you have told them

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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