Definition of secrete verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    secrete

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkriːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkriːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they secrete
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkriːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkriːt//
     
    he / she / it secretes
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkriːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkriːts//
     
    past simple secreted
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkriːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkriːtɪd//
     
    past participle secreted
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkriːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkriːtɪd//
     
    -ing form secreting
    BrE BrE//sɪˈkriːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkriːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1secrete something (of part of the body or a plant) to produce a liquid substance Insulin is secreted by the pancreas. More saliva is secreted while chewing.
  2. 2secrete something (in something) (formal) to hide something, especially something small The drugs were secreted in the lining of his case.
  3. Word Origin sense 1 early 18th cent.: back-formation from secretion. sense 2 mid 18th cent.: alteration of the obsolete verb secret ‘keep secret’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: secrete