Meaning of SECRET in English

SECRET

I.

noun

1 sth that must not be known by others

ADJECTIVE

▪ big , great

▪ little

▪ closely guarded , well-kept

a charming museum that is one of the city's best-kept ~s (= that not many people know about)

▪ deep ( esp. AmE ), hidden , inner , innermost , intimate

That evening she had revealed many of her innermost ~s.

▪ open

Their affair is an open ~.

▪ dark , dirty , guilty , shameful , terrible

▪ family , military , nuclear , official , state , trade

VERB + SECRET

▪ have

▪ guard , keep

Can you keep a ~?

▪ hide

Uncle Charlie hides a dark ~.

▪ betray , divulge , give away

▪ let sb in on , let sb into ( BrE ), reveal , share , tell sb

She let us into her secret—she was engaged.

▪ discover , find out , learn , uncover , unlock

▪ know

▪ remain

Their relationship remained a ~.

SECRET + VERB

▪ be out , come out , get out

How did the ~ get out?

PREPOSITION

▪ in ~

The stars were married in ~ to avoid publicity.

▪ ~ about

There was some ~ about the source of his wealth.

▪ ~ from

I have no ~s from you.

PHRASES

▪ make no ~ of the fact that …  , not make a ~ of sth

He refuses to make any ~ of his political allegiances.

2 only/best way of doing/achieving sth

VERB + SECRET

▪ reveal , tell sb

▪ know

▪ hold

These animals may hold the ~ to combating the virus.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ behind

She revealed the ~ behind her extraordinary success.

▪ ~ of

the ~s of staying healthy

PHRASES

▪ the ~ of (sb's) success

II.

adj.

VERBS

▪ be

▪ remain , stay

▪ keep sth

ADVERB

▪ highly , top , very

a top-secret meeting

▪ formerly , previously

The text of the previously ~ treaty can now be revealed.

▪ supposedly

PREPOSITION

▪ from

They managed to keep the party more or less ~ from Christine.

Secret is used with these nouns: ↑ address , ↑ admirer , ↑ affair , ↑ agenda , ↑ agent , ↑ ambition , ↑ ballot , ↑ camera , ↑ chamber , ↑ code , ↑ compartment , ↑ corner , ↑ crush , ↑ deal , ↑ desire , ↑ diary , ↑ diplomacy , ↑ document , ↑ door , ↑ drawer , ↑ entrance , ↑ exit , ↑ fantasy , ↑ file , ↑ formula , ↑ handshake , ↑ hearing , ↑ identity , ↑ information , ↑ ingredient , ↑ intelligence , ↑ laboratory , ↑ life , ↑ location , ↑ longing , ↑ love , ↑ lover , ↑ meeting , ↑ memo , ↑ memorandum , ↑ message , ↑ mission , ↑ negotiation , ↑ panel , ↑ passage , ↑ passion , ↑ password , ↑ plan , ↑ pocket , ↑ police , ↑ recipe , ↑ rendezvous , ↑ report , ↑ retreat , ↑ ritual , ↑ service , ↑ shame , ↑ shopper , ↑ society , ↑ surveillance , ↑ talk , ↑ treasure , ↑ truth , ↑ tunnel , ↑ vault , ↑ vice , ↑ vote , ↑ weapon , ↑ wish , ↑ worry

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