1 sth that must not be known by others
big, great
closely guarded, well-kept

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

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

That evening she had revealed many of her innermost secrets.


Their affair is an open secret.

dark, dirty, guilty, shameful, terrible
family, military, nuclear, official, state, trade
guard, keep

Can you keep a secret?


Uncle Charlie hides a dark secret.

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

Their relationship remained a secret.

be out, come out, get out

How did the secret get out?

in secret

The stars were married in secret to avoid publicity.

secret about

There was some secret about the source of his wealth.

secret from

I have no secrets from you.

make no secret of the fact that … , not make a secret of sth

He refuses to make any secret of his political allegiances.

2 only/best way of doing/achieving sth
reveal, tell sb

These animals may hold the secret to combating the virus.

secret behind

She revealed the secret behind her extraordinary success.

secret of

the secrets of staying healthy

the secret of (sb's) success
remain, stay
keep sth
highly, top, very

a top-secret meeting

formerly, previously

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


They managed to keep the party more or less secret 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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