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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web On October 1st, China’s national day, residents of high rises in Wanchai concealed hundreds of protesters suddenly cornered by riot police. The Economist, "Hong Kong stares into the abyss amid growing violence," 21 Nov. 2019 The octet of watercolors over the fireplace, painted by artist Aldous Bertram, actually conceals a TV, while the dining table can be covered in a custom Quadrille tablecloth when not in use. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Palm Beach 'Master Cottage' Is Over the Top," 18 Nov. 2019 Others were concealed in nooks and voids that would have been inaccessible if not for the intrusive work of restoration—suggesting that they had been placed there deliberately, as permanent parts of the building. Geoff Manaugh, The New Yorker, "Witch Houses of the Hudson Valley," 31 Oct. 2019 Clouds of dust conceal all that starlight, but ALMA was able to detect the faint glow from dust particles. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Behold This ‘Cosmic Yeti’, a Monster Galaxy From the Beginning of Time," 23 Oct. 2019 In line with the rising tide of liberalism outside the school, the priests’ apparent severity actually conceals a pathetic weakness; no one is ever punished. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 Since January 2016, licensed gun owners in Texas can openly carry their weapons in places that allow concealed weapons, with some exceptions. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "What can Texas cops do when a gun and its legal but troubled owner raise alarm?," 11 Aug. 2019 Charles and David Koch’s political activities, and their company’s inclination to be private, have concealed an epic corporate success story. Christopher Leonard, ProPublica, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 But in a court filing, the feds say what was really going on was a pay-to-play reserve program, where volunteer cops gave the village donations and, in return, got badges and enhanced concealed weapons permits. Freep.com, "This top cop ripped apart a Michigan town," 17 July 2019

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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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25 Nov 2019

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“Conceal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conceal. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for conceal

conceal

verb
How to pronounce conceal (audio)

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.
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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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