secret ( secrets plural )
1 adj If something is secret, it is known about by only a small number of people, and is not told or shown to anyone else.
ADJ n, v n ADJ, v-link ADJ
Soldiers have been training at a secret location..., The police have been trying to keep the documents secret.
secretly adv ADV with v, ADV adj/n
He wore a hidden microphone to secretly tape-record conversations.
2 n-count A secret is a fact that is known by only a small number of people, and is not told to anyone else.
I think he enjoyed keeping our love a secret...
3 n-sing If you say that a particular way of doing things is the secretof achieving something, you mean that it is the best or only way to achieve it.
the N, oft the N of n
The secret of success is honesty and fair dealing...
4 n-count Something's secrets are the things about it which have never been fully explained.
usu pl, oft with poss
We have an opportunity now to really unlock the secrets of the universe...
5 If you do something in secret, you do it without anyone else knowing.
in secret phrase PHR after v
Dan found out that I had been meeting my ex-boyfriend in secret.
6 If you say that someone can keep a secret, you mean that they can be trusted not to tell other people a secret that you have told them.
keep a secret phrase V inflects
Tom was utterly indiscreet, and could never keep a secret.
7 If you make no secret of something, you tell others about it openly and clearly.
make no secret phrase V inflects, PHR of n
His wife made no secret of her hatred for the formal occasions...
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