Secrete is all about secrets. It means both "to hide" and "to release." When you squeeze a lemon, it secretes juice. When you stuff your money in a mattress, you secrete it there.

It's easy to remember that secrete's all about secrets when you see the word secret inside secrete. Imagine the first person who squeezed a lemon and secreted the juice. Probably felt like he'd discovered a secret stash of citrus goodness. If he was greedy, maybe he gathered all the lemons he could find and secreted them away in a box so no one else would learn the secret of the juice-secretion.

Definitions of secrete
  1. verb
    generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
    secrete digestive juices”
    synonyms: release
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    secrete or form water, as tears or saliva
    type of:
    exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude
    release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
  2. verb
    place out of sight; keep secret
    “The money was secreted from his children”
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    type of:
    conceal, hide
    prevent from being seen or discovered
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