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Definition of discreet adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1careful in what you say or do, in order to keep something secret or to avoid causing embarrassment or difficulty for someone synonym tactful
  2. 2 He was always very discreet about his love affairs. You should ask a few discreet questions before you sign anything. A discreet glance at the clock told me the interview had lasted an hour.
  3. Word Familydiscreet adjective (indiscreet)discretion noun (indiscretion)discreet adjective (indiscreet)discretion noun (indiscretion)
adverb She coughed discreetly to announce her presence.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: discreet