be·​cloud bi-ˈklau̇d How to pronounce becloud (audio)
beclouded; beclouding; beclouds

transitive verb

: to obscure with or as if with a cloud
: to prevent clear perception or realization of : muddle
prejudices that becloud his judgment

Example Sentences

don't becloud the discussion by raising unrelated issues the smog from the city's steel mills was once so oppressive that it beclouded the local landscape even at noon
Recent Examples on the Web But instead of sounding the alarm, defendants went out of their way to becloud the emerging scientific consensus. Edward Fitzpatrick,, 7 Aug. 2019 His flacks and surrogates hand out scraps of information grudgingly, infrequently, and beclouded by fragrant eructations of doublespeak. Charles Seife, Slate Magazine, 1 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of becloud was in 1606

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“Becloud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


be·​cloud bi-ˈklau̇d How to pronounce becloud (audio)
: to hide as if with a cloud
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