conceal

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verb con·ceal \kən-ˈsēl\

Definition of conceal

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to prevent disclosure or recognition of conceal the truth She could barely conceal her anger.

  3. 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.

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Origin and Etymology of conceal

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

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

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Definition of conceal for English Language Learners

  • : to hide (something or someone) from sight

  • : to keep (something) secret


CONCEAL Defined for Kids

conceal

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verb con·ceal \kən-ˈsēl\

Definition of conceal for Students

concealed

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concealing

  1. 1 :  to hide from sight The safe was concealed behind a large painting.

  2. 2 :  to keep secret He managed to conceal his true identity.


Law Dictionary

conceal

transitive verb con·ceal

Legal Definition of conceal

  1. 1 :  to prevent disclosure of or fail to disclose (as a provision in a contract) especially in violation of a duty to disclose

  2. 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

concealment

noun


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