verb con·ceal \kən-ˈsēl\

: to hide (something or someone) from sight

: to keep (something) secret

Full Definition of CONCEAL

transitive verb
:  to prevent disclosure or recognition of <conceal the truth>
:  to place out of sight <concealed himself behind the door>
con·ceal·able \-ˈsē-lə-bəl\ adjective
con·ceal·ing·ly \-ˈsē-liŋ-lē\ adverb
con·ceal·ment \-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

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