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secrete

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Definition produce and discharge small amounts of a substance — especially from biological glands

Much more rarely, secrete can mean to place something where it will not be found.
  • The pancreas secretes insulin.
  • The snail secretes mucus as it travels.
  • He conditioned the dog to secrete saliva at the sound of the bell.
  • This brain secretion is unlike anything else in the body.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "He was cooking up aconite whale poison from mushrooms and other substances that he found in the fields and secreted in his clothing," Raven says.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • In one such secreted hallway I hung a great nude on the other side of glass, just to annoy my husband should he stray inside.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • As both parties secreted themselves, the woods were again as still and quiet as a mild summer morning and deep solitude could render them.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The soft buzz of conversation had faded as more and more bodies were secreted away.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • When she had to bring money home from the register, her skills at secreting it away were uncanny.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • The robin used to secrete himself in a bush and watch this anxiously, his head tilted first on one side and then on the other.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • But whatever may be its basis, it is clear that a very large portion of it is furnished by certain glands, which pour out a viscid secretion.'
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He made a gurgling sound—secretions clogging his airways.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • He could see some sort of thick, gluey secretion from the spider's pincers on his torn robes.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He has given me exactly ten Fritos and then secreted away the bag.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I carried with me several specimen bottles, each containing some melancholy waste or secretion.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Before the entire building froze, they managed to secrete the ymbrynes out through the roof.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He now had little doubt that four terrified cardinals had been secreted through here earlier.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But we elves discovered that coral is actually an exoskeleton secreted by minuscule animals that live inside the coral.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He began stealing shorter lengths of rope, secreting them away, then tying them together with his strongest Boy Scout knots.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • — Ralph noisily secreted in his study downstairs.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American

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