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Definition 1: something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • how it got out is a mystery
  • it remains one of nature's secrets

Synonyms for secret in the sense of this definition

(secret is a kind of ...) trouble or confusion resulting from complexity

Definition 2: something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on) - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the combination to the safe was a secret
  • he tried to keep his drinking a secret

(secret is a kind of ...) a message received and understood

(... is a kind of secret ) a secret that is confided or entrusted to another

"everyone trusted him with their confidences" "the priest could not reveal her confidences"

(... is a kind of secret ) something that is supposed to be secret but is generally known

"their love affair was an open secret"

(... is a kind of secret ) a secret (method or device or formula) that gives a manufacturer an advantage over the competition

Definition 3: information known only to a special group - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the secret of Cajun cooking

Synonyms for secret in the sense of this definition

(secret is a kind of ...) a message received and understood

(... is a kind of secret ) secrets known only to an initiated minority

(... is a kind of secret ) an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret

(... is a kind of secret ) a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

"he forgot the password"

Definition 4: the next to highest level of official classification for documents - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(secret is similar to ...) official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation

"thousands of classified documents have now been declassified"

Definition 5: not open or public; kept private or not revealed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a secret formula
  • secret ingredients
  • secret talks

(secret is similar to ...) hidden on any grounds for any motive

"a concealed weapon" "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"

Definition 6: having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • mysterious symbols
  • the mystical style of Blake
  • occult lore
  • the secret learning of the ancients

Synonyms for secret in the sense of this definition

(secret is similar to ...) confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

"a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"

Definition 7: not expressed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • secret (or private) thoughts

Synonyms for secret in the sense of this definition

(secret is similar to ...) relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts

"a concern with inward reflections"

Definition 8: (of information) given in confidence or in secret - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this arrangement must be kept confidential
  • their secret communications

Synonyms for secret in the sense of this definition

(secret is similar to ...) confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy

"a private place" "private discussions" "private lessons" "a private club" "a private secretary" "private property" "the former President is now a private citizen" "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"

Definition 9: not openly made known - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a secret marriage
  • a secret bride

Synonyms for secret in the sense of this definition

(secret is similar to ...) not recognized or admitted

Definition 10: conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • clandestine intelligence operations
  • cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines
  • hole-and-corner intrigue
  • secret missions
  • a secret agent
  • secret sales of arms
  • surreptitious mobilization of troops
  • an undercover investigation
  • underground resistance

Synonyms for secret in the sense of this definition

(secret is similar to ...) secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

"covert actions by the CIA" "covert funding for the rebels"

Definition 11: designed to elude detection - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a hidden room or place of concealment such as a priest hole
  • a secret passage
  • the secret compartment in the desk

Synonyms for secret in the sense of this definition

(secret is similar to ...) hidden on any grounds for any motive

"a concealed weapon" "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"

Definition 12: indulging only covertly - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a secret alcoholic

(secret is similar to ...) secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

"covert actions by the CIA" "covert funding for the rebels"

Definition 13: hidden from general view or use - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a privy place to rest and think
  • a secluded romantic spot
  • a secret garden

Synonyms for secret in the sense of this definition

(secret is similar to ...) confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy

"a private place" "private discussions" "private lessons" "a private club" "a private secretary" "private property" "the former President is now a private citizen" "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"

Definition 14: communicated covertly - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where secret or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • their secret signal was a wink
  • secret messages

(secret is similar to ...) secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

"covert actions by the CIA" "covert funding for the rebels"

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