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 conceal (audio) \ adjective
concealingly \ kən-​ˈsē-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce conceal (audio) \ adverb
concealment \ kən-​ˈsēl-​mənt How to pronounce conceal (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 In order to conceal possible cracks in the foundation, people must always put their best foot forward and stay clear of committing acts that may jeopardize their name or brand for the world to see. Yec, Forbes, "Communication Lessons Learned From Prince Philip," 5 May 2021 The press, which has invested absurd importance in every president’s first 100 days, is hardly bothering to conceal its excitement at the low-fifties approval rating Biden has at this marker. The Editors, National Review, "Biden’s Dishonest Sales Pitch," 29 Apr. 2021 Inspired by famed art patron Mabel Dodge Luhan's 1930s account of playing host to D.H. Lawrence, Place thrums with an inner life only teasingly hinted at; one more mystery that age and wisdom can choose to conceal. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Second Place and Whereabouts tackle middle-aged malaise: Review," 26 Apr. 2021 Later, Padron said that Brownfield attempted to conceal the misconduct by urging him to put pressure on his fellow client and friend, Brainard, not to reveal any text messages from her. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Psychologist at Minnesota sex offender program charged with sexually assaulting two clients," 22 Apr. 2021 Before the pandemic, parents took on Ringling Bros. Circus-level juggling in order to conceal the realities of caregiving from the workplace. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "How parents make the workplace better for everyone," 8 Apr. 2021 As if all that wasn’t bad enough, this particular application is also able to conceal its presence from the victim by hiding the icon from the device’s menu or app drawer. Andy Meek, BGR, "This new Android malware is so devious," 29 Mar. 2021 Big Ten presidents are answering questions about transparency after a new report revealed an effort to conceal certain conversations about the novel coronavirus and the schools' reactions from the public view. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Big Ten schools used conference software to hide COVID-19 discussions from public," 19 Dec. 2020 Cuomo, among others, suggested the change was part of an effort by President Donald Trump to conceal the spread of the virus. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Daily coronavirus updates: Lamont, other governors criticize CDC for change in COVID-19 testing guidance," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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15 May 2021

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“Conceal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conceal. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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