English - Pronunciation
English - Etymology 1
(obsolete, rare) separated
1678: Ralph Cudworth, The True Intellectual System of the Universe, book 1, chapter 4, pages 307 and 582:
- […] they ſuppoſing Two other Divine Hypoſtaſes Superiour thereunto, which were perfectly Secrete from Matter.
- This ſo containeth all things, as not being yet ſecrete and diſtinct; whereas in the Second they are diſcerned and diſtinguiſhed by Reaſon; that is, they are Actually diſtinguiſhed in their Ideas; whereas the Firſt is the Simple and Fecund Power of all things.
- 1678: Ralph Cudworth, The True Intellectual System of the Universe, book 1, chapter 4, pages 307 and 582:
English - Etymology 2
First directly attested in 1728; attested as the past-participial adjective secreted in 1707: from Latin sēcrēt-, perfect passive participial stem of sēcernō (“I separate”); reinforced by back-formation from secretion; compare secern; cognate with the French sécréter and the Spanish secretar.
- (physiology, transitive, of organs, glands, etc.) To extract a substance from blood, sap, or similar to produce and emit waste for excretion or for the fulfilling of a physiological function.
- 1863: Charles Kingsley (author), Frances Elizabeth Kingsley (editor), Charles Kingsley, his Letters and Memories of his Life (first published posthumously in 1877), page 156 (8th edition: 1880)
1887: James Russell Lowell, Democracy and Other Addresses, page 15 (1892 reprint)
- Let me not be misunderstood. I see as clearly as any man possibly can, and rate as highly, the value of wealth, and of hereditary wealth, as the security of refinement, the feeder of all those arts that ennoble and beautify life, and as making a country worth living in. Many an ancestral hall here in England has been a nursery of that culture which has been of example and benefit to all. Old gold has a civilizing virtue which new gold must grow old to be capable of secreting.
English - Etymology 3
(transitive) To conceal.
- 1914: The Pacific Reporter, volume 142, page 450 (West Publishing Company)
- 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 43 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
- (transitive) With away, to steal.
- The present participle and past forms secreting and secreted are heteronymous with the corresponding forms of the similar verb secret, and this can create ambiguity when the word is encountered in print.
Latin - Etymology 1
Latin - Etymology 2
Spanish - Verb
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of secretar.
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of secretar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of secretar.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of secretar.