秘 means 'secret'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 695   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-4    Grade: 6   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 90 words   Used in 127 words   Used in 13 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   める to keep secret
Kun    ひそ   かく
⿰   grain   certainly  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 秘 is used 4 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 秘 is used 126 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
ヒ : 116 words FIND ALL
1. secret; secrecy; confidentiality; privacy
2. secret; mystery
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ヒ (read as ぴ) : 9 words FIND ALL
mystery; mysteriousness; secret
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ひそ : 1 word FIND ALL
2 1
Most common form: 密か
secret; private; surreptitious
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An additional ひ.める less common words include 秘 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 974 (originally: 964)  Joy o' Kanji : 964  Key to Kanji: 888 

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ヒ   secret   ひめる to keep secret   
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ヒツ   かなら certainly, invariably   
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
シン   こころ heart   
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