secretary


secretary
noun
1 person who works in an office
ADJECTIVE
executive, legal
medical
press, publicity
personal, private
social
school
2 head of a government department in the US
ADJECTIVE
deputy

deputy secretary of agriculture in the Bush administration

assistant

assistant secretary of commerce under President Clinton

acting
former

former Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen

cabinet
state
Agriculture, Commerce, Defence, Education, Health, Homeland Security, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, etc.
VERB + SECRETARY
resign as
replace (sb as)
PREPOSITION
secretary for

the Treasury Department's Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy

secretary of

a former assistant secretary of defense

PHRASES
Secretary of State

the US Secretary of State

3 government minister or assistant in the UK
ADJECTIVE
permanent
former

the former Secretary of State for Energy, Cecil Parkinson

cabinet, shadow (= a senior British politician of the opposition party) (BrE)
parliamentary
Agriculture, Defence, Economic, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Financial, Foreign, Health, Home, Transport, Treasury, etc.
PREPOSITION
secretary to

the Financial Secretary to the Treasury

PHRASES
Secretary of State

the Secretary of State for Education

4 official of an organization
ADJECTIVE
chief, first

the First Secretary of the Communist Party

assistant, deputy
honorary
executive, general
branch, district, group, national, party, regional
club, company
VERB + SECRETARY
resign as
elect
elect sb, elect sb as
replace
replace sb as
SECRETARY + NOUN
General

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

PREPOSITION
secretary to

secretary to the Jockey Club

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PHRASES
the post of secretary

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  • secretary — sec‧re‧ta‧ry [ˈsekrtri ǁ teri] noun secretaries PLURALFORM [countable] JOBS 1. someone who works in an office helping to organize the work, answering the telephone, arranging meetings etc: • His personal secretary (= one working for only him )… …   Financial and business terms

  • Secretary — Título La secretaria Ficha técnica Dirección Steven Shainberg Producción Andrew Fierberg Amy Hobby Steven Shainberg …   Wikipedia Español

  • Secretary — Sec re*ta*ry, n.; pl. {Secretaries}. [F. secr[ e]taire (cf. Pr. secretari, Sp. & Pg. secretario, It. secretario, segretario) LL. secretarius, originally, a confidant, one intrusted with secrets, from L. secretum a secret. See {Secret}, a. & n.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • secretary — sec·re·tary n pl tar·ies often cap 1: an officer of a business concern who may keep records of directors and stockholders meetings and of stock ownership and transfer and help supervise the company s interests 2: a government officer who… …   Law dictionary

  • Secretary —   [ sekrətri] der, /...ries, in England im 16. Jahrhundert Bezeichnung des leitenden Ministers, später allgemein Minister Titel. Die wichtigsten Kabinettsmitglieder heißen Secretary of State. In den USA ist »Secretary of State« nur für den… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Secretary — Secretary, MD U.S. town in Maryland Population (2000): 503 Housing Units (2000): 218 Land area (2000): 0.258731 sq. miles (0.670109 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.258731 sq. miles (0.670109 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Secretary, MD — U.S. town in Maryland Population (2000): 503 Housing Units (2000): 218 Land area (2000): 0.258731 sq. miles (0.670109 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.258731 sq. miles (0.670109 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • secretary — [n1] office worker assistant, clerk, executive secretary, receptionist, typist, word processor; concept 348 secretary [n2] desk bureau, davenport, escritoire, secretaire, writing desk, writing table; concept 443 …   New thesaurus

  • secretary — (n.) late 14c., person entrusted with secrets, from M.L. secretarius clerk, notary, confidential officer, confidant, from L. secretum a secret (see SECRET (Cf. secret)). Meaning person who keeps records, write letters, etc., originally for a king …   Etymology dictionary

  • secretary — should be pronounced as four syllables with the first r fully articulated, not as if it were spelt seketerry or sekretry …   Modern English usage

  • secretary — ► NOUN (pl. secretaries) 1) a person employed to assist with correspondence, keep records, etc. 2) an official of a society or other organization who conducts its correspondence and keeps its records. 3) the principal assistant of a UK government …   English terms dictionary


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