conceal

verb con·ceal \ kən-ˈsēl \

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.

concealable

play \kən-ˈsē-lə-bəl\ adjective

concealingly

play \kən-ˈsē-liŋ-lē\ adverb

concealment

play \kən-ˈsēl-mənt\ noun

Examples of conceal in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of conceal from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'conceal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of conceal

Middle English concelen, from Anglo-French conceler, from Latin concelare, from com- + celare to hide — more at hell

conceal Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of conceal

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

CONCEAL Defined for English Language Learners

conceal

verb

Definition of conceal for English Language Learners

  • : to hide (something or someone) from sight

  • : to keep (something) secret


CONCEAL Defined for Kids

conceal

verb con·ceal \ kən-ˈsēl \

Definition of conceal for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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
2 a :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

concealment

noun


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up conceal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to speak evil of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!