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 Dictionary entry overview: What does secretly mean? 

SECRETLY (adverb)
  The adverb SECRETLY has 2 senses:

1. in secrecy; not openly
2. not openly; inwardly

  Familiarity information: SECRETLY used as an adverb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SECRETLY (adverb)

Sense 1secretly [BACK TO TOP]


In secrecy; not openly


in secret; on the Q.T.; on the QT; secretly

Context examples:

met secretly to discuss the invasion plans / the children secretly went to the movies when they were supposed to be at the library / they arranged to meet in secret

Sense 2secretly [BACK TO TOP]


Not openly; inwardly

Context examples:

they were secretly delighted at his embarrassment / hoped secretly she would change her mind


secret (not expressed)

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