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conceal

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verb con·ceal \kən-ˈsēl\

Simple Definition of conceal

  • : to hide (something or someone) from sight

  • : to keep (something) secret

Full Definition of conceal

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to prevent disclosure or recognition of <conceal the truth>

  3. 2 :  to place out of sight <concealed himself behind the door>

con·ceal·able play \-ˈsē-lə-bəl\ adjective
con·ceal·ing·ly play \-ˈsē-liŋ-lē\ adverb
con·ceal·ment play \-ˈsēl-mənt\ noun

Examples of conceal

  1. The sunglasses conceal her eyes.

  2. The controls are concealed behind a panel.

  3. The defendant is accused of attempting to conceal evidence.

  4. The editorial accused the government of concealing the truth.

  5. She could barely conceal her anger.



Origin of conceal

Middle English concelen, from Anglo-French conceler, from Latin concelare, from com- + celare to hide — more at hell


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of conceal

hide, conceal, screen, secrete, bury mean to withhold or withdraw from sight. hide may or may not suggest intent <hide in the closet> <a house hidden in the woods>. conceal usually does imply intent and often specifically implies a refusal to divulge <concealed the weapon>. screen implies an interposing of something that prevents discovery <a house screened by trees>. secrete suggests a depositing in a place unknown to others <secreted the amulet inside his shirt>. bury implies covering up so as to hide completely <buried the treasure>.


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