- se|cret1 W3S3 [ˈsi:krıt] adj[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin secretus, past participle of secernere 'to separate']1.) known about by only a few people and kept hidden from others→↑secrecy▪ They kept their relationship secret from their parents.▪ agents on a secret mission▪ a secret plan to end the war▪ secret talks with the terroristssecret compartment/passage etc▪ The drugs were found in a secret compartment in Campbell's suitcase.secret ingredient/recipe/formula▪ The cookies are made to a secret recipe.2.) [only before noun]secret feelings, worries, or actions are ones that you do not want other people to know about▪ His secret fear was that Jenny would leave him.▪ Did you know you had a secret admirer (=someone who is secretly in love with you) ?3.) secret weaponsomething that will help you gain a big advantage over your competitors, that they do not know about4.) used to describe the behaviour of someone who is keeping their thoughts, intentions, or actions hidden from other people= ↑secretive secret about▪ They're being very secret about it.▪ There was a secret smile on her face.>secretly adv▪ They were secretly married.secret 2secret2 W3S3 n1.) something that is kept hidden or that is known about by only a few people→↑secrecy▪ I can't tell you. It's a secret.▪ She wanted to tell everybody her secret .▪ Can you keep a secret ?▪ Don't worry. Your secret is safe with me.▪ Why is all this such a big secret ?▪ The location for the wedding is a closely-guarded secret .▪ He was accused of passing state secrets to a foreign power.▪ I kept this dark secret for 15 years.▪ She shared her innermost secrets with him.▪ It was no secret that the two men hated each other.▪ It's an open secret that he wants Derek's job.2.) in secretin a private way or place that other people do not know about▪ The negotiations were conducted in secret.3.) the secreta particular way of achieving a good result, that is the best or only waythe secret to (doing) sth▪ The secret to making good pastry is to use very cold water.▪ Your hair always looks so great - what's your secret?▪ What do you think is the secret of her success ?4.) make no secret of sthto make your opinions about something clear▪ Louise made no secret of her dislike for John.5.) the secrets of life/nature/the universe etcthe things no one yet knows about nature etc▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 1it's a secrettell somebody a secret/let somebody in on a secret also reveal a secret formalkeep a secret (=not tell someone about something)your secret is safe with me (=I will not tell anyone about it)big secret (=an important secret, or something that is known by very few people)little secret (=a secret that is not very important)be a closely-guarded/well-kept secret (=a secret that very few people know about)state/official secrettrade secretdark secret (=a secret about something bad)somebody's innermost secrets (=someone's most personal secrets)it's no secret (that) (=everyone knows about this)it's an open secret (that) (=most people know about this, although you might expect it to be a secret)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.