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  1. un·der·sec·re·tar·y
    IPA[ˌəndərˈsekrəˌterē]
  2. noun

    • 1. a subordinate official, in particular (in the US) the principal assistant to a member of the cabinet, or (in the UK) a junior minister or senior civil servant.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: undersecretary, plural noun: undersecretaries

    • noun

      a subordinate official, in particular (in the UK) a junior minister or senior civil servant, or (in the US) the principal assistant to a member of the cabinet.
    • noun

      (in the UK) a senior civil servant who is a permanent adviser to a Secretary of State.
    • noun

      (in the UK) a Member of Parliament in a department of state, ranking below a minister.
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