- 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.
- 2secrete something (in something) (formal) to hide something, especially something small The drugs were secreted in the lining of his case. Word Origin sense 1 early 18th cent.: back-formation from secretion. sense 2 mid 18th cent.: alteration of the obsolete verb secret ‘keep secret’.
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//