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n. pl. un·der·sec·re·tar·ies
An official directly subordinate to a member of a cabinet.
un′der·sec′re·tar′i·at (-târ′ē-ĭt) n.
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n, pl -taries
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain)
a. any of various senior civil servants in certain government departments
b. short for undersecretary of state: any of various high officials subordinate only to the minister in charge of a department
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the US) a high government official subordinate only to the secretary in charge of a department
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