conceal

verb
con·​ceal | \ kən-ˈsēl How to pronounce conceal (audio) \
concealed; concealing; conceals

Definition of conceal

transitive verb

1 : to prevent disclosure or recognition of conceal the truth She could barely conceal her anger.
2 : to place out of sight concealed himself behind the door The defendant is accused of attempting to conceal evidence.

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Other Words from conceal

concealable \ kən-​ˈsē-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce concealable (audio) \ adjective
concealingly \ kən-​ˈsē-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce concealingly (audio) \ adverb
concealment \ kən-​ˈsēl-​mənt How to pronounce concealment (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for conceal

Synonyms

bury, cache, ensconce, hide, secrete

Antonyms

display, exhibit

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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

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.
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Lawless recommends using a quick-dry temporary touch-up spray that won't leave any sticky residue, such as L'Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up, to effectively conceal grays in seconds. Redbook, "How to Look Like You Just Left the Salon," 27 Nov. 2018 Macron’s warmth has been a marked contrast to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has barely concealed her distaste for Trump’s views, and to British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose relationship with Trump has been strained. Time, "The Trump-Macron Friendship Is Falling Apart at the G-7. That Spells Trouble for the French President," 8 June 2018 Abdelrahman was later accused of tampering with surveillance equipment to conceal his involvement and using gasoline to start the fire, Brnovich said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Phoenix businessman accused of setting fire to collect $120,050 in insurance funds," 30 May 2018 Revealing and concealing is something the designer knows a lot about; for much of his life, the reader learns, Mizrahi led a double life. Vogue, "Isaac Mizrahi’s New Memoir, I.M., Is No Frockumentary—And the Better for It," 26 Feb. 2019 On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Acosta’s team broke the law by concealing the agreement from more than 30 girls who said they were abused by Epstein, Brown reports. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 All of this to say, the geniuses behind The Masked Singer did an excellent job at concealing the secret celebrities’ identities. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘The Masked Singer’ Goes to Insane Lengths to Hide the Contestants' Identities," 20 Feb. 2019 Payment might encourage donors to conceal dangerous behaviour—such as intravenous drug use. The Economist, "Lift bans on paying for human-blood plasma," 12 May 2018 For instance, to conceal a payment to a Louisville recruit, Gatto allegedly approved a sham invoice for $30,000 to an AAU team that was managed by Code. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Legal Analysis of Latest FBI Charges in College Basketball's Corruption Case," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of conceal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conceal

Middle English concelen, borrowed from Anglo-French conceler, borrowed from Latin concēlāre, from con- con- + cēlāre "to hide, keep secret," probably derivative of an unattested lengthened-grade noun formed from the Indo-European verb base *ḱel- "cover, conceal," whence Latin occulere "to hide from view, keep secret" (from *ob-cel-), Old Irish ceilid "(s/he) hides," Welsh celaf "(I) hide," Germanic *hel-a- "hide" (whence Old English, Old Saxon & Old High German helan "to hide, keep secret")

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The first known use of conceal was in the 14th century

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conceal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of conceal

: to hide (something or someone) from sight
: to keep (something) secret

conceal

verb
con·​ceal | \ kən-ˈsēl How to pronounce conceal (audio) \
concealed; concealing

Kids Definition of conceal

1 : to hide from sight The safe was concealed behind a large painting.
2 : to keep secret He managed to conceal his true identity.

conceal

transitive verb
con·​ceal

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

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

Other Words from conceal

concealment noun

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