con·ceal | \kən-ˈsēl \
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 \ adjective
concealingly \kən-ˈsē-liŋ-lē \ adverb
concealment \kən-ˈsēl-mənt \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Bitcoin, however, is not necessarily the most obvious choice for those looking to conceal their transactions. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Someone Found a Use for Bitcoin. Russian Hackers!," 13 July 2018 She was brought there after serving more than a year in the federal prison in Dublin for deliberately concealing knowledge of a felony. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Richmond’s Mayor Butt meets ICE detainees," 12 July 2018 The testing is also conducted against high visibility targets in clear terrain which the pretend enemy has made no effort to conceal. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 July 2018 Her arrival will surely be inconvenient for Madeline (Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), and Renata (Laura Dern), who have worked hard to conceal Perry's true cause of death from the authorities., "And In The End, Reese Witherspoon Was The Biggest Meryl Streep Stan Of Us All," 22 June 2018 Tell us: What are your favorite products for concealing redness? Allure, "My Five-Minute Foundation Routine for Covering Up Facial Redness," 22 May 2018 After the Parkland shootings earlier this year, Trump faced criticism for his suggestion that teacher carry concealed weapons. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Here's How to Watch President Trump's Speech to the NRA in Dallas," 4 May 2018 The 33-year-old woman whose body was found partially concealed in a Delray Beach community garden died a violent death, police say. Tonya Alanez,, "Woman found in Delray garden died violently, police say," 13 July 2018 According to the complaint filed in San Diego federal court, officers found 15 kilograms of cocaine and 2 kilograms of heroin concealed in a hidden compartment of the SUV. Sandra Dibble,, "Son of Baja California official arrested with drugs at border," 23 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of conceal

: to hide (something or someone) from sight

: to keep (something) secret


con·ceal | \kən-ˈsēl \
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.


transitive verb

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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