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verb dis·sim·u·late \(ˌ)di-ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt\

Definition of DISSIMULATE

transitive verb
:  to hide under a false appearance <smiled to dissimulate her urgency — Alice Glenday>
intransitive verb
:  dissemble
dis·sim·u·la·tion \(ˌ)di-ˌsim-yə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
dis·sim·u·la·tor \(ˈ)di-ˈsim-yə-ˌlā-tər\ noun


  1. <as an actress she had been trained to dissimulate, so she had no trouble hiding her true feelings offstage as well>


Middle English, from Latin dissimulatus, past participle of dissimulare, from dis- + simulare to simulate
First Known Use: 15th century


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