Definition of discreet in English:
adjective (discreeter, discreetest)
- A lot of their work is carried out in a very discreet and confidential manner.
- The purpose of the bullying audit was explained and their participation in a confidential and discreet interview was invited.
- Do they fear physical harm or do they fear being forced to be discreet so as to avoid physical harm?
- A discreet cough alerted him to the couple's readiness to leave.
- He jumps in his chair at a discreet cough immediately beside him.
- I talked to him last week in the understated luxury of the discreet Residence.
The words discrete and discreet are pronounced in the same way and share the same origin but they do not mean the same thing. Discrete means ‘separate,’ as in a finite number of discrete categories, while discreet means ‘careful and circumspect,’ as in you can rely on him to be discreet.
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