Simple Definition of conceal
: to hide (something or someone) from sight
: to keep (something) secret
Examples of conceal in a sentence
The sunglasses conceal her eyes.
The controls are concealed behind a panel.
The defendant is accused of attempting to conceal evidence.
The editorial accused the government of concealing the truth.
She could barely conceal her anger.
Origin and Etymology 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
CONCEAL Defined for Kids
Definition of conceal for Students
1 : to hide from sight <The safe was concealed behind a large painting.>
2 : to keep secret <He managed to conceal his true identity.>
Legal Definition of conceal
1 : to prevent disclosure of or fail to disclose (as a provision in a contract) especially in violation of a duty to disclose
2a : to place out of sight Editor's note: A weapon need only be placed out of ordinary observation in order to be considered a concealed weapon. b : to prevent or hinder recognition, discovery, or recovery of <concealing stolen property>
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