conceal

verb
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for conceal

Synonyms

bury, cache, ensconce, hide, secrete

Antonyms

display, exhibit

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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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All the wiring and a slew of devices—including a Roku, Nintendo Switch, and a surround-sound receiver—are concealed in a sleek white credenza. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Designing a smart home for seamless entertainment," 4 Sep. 2018 The Swiss government suggested instead adopting laws that would prevent people from covering their faces when dealing with officials and punish anyone who forced women to conceal their faces with up to three years in jail. Michael Shields, The Christian Science Monitor, "Swiss government's rejection of burqa ban prompts binding referendum," 27 June 2018 But her attempts to establish an atmosphere of drab, low-key realism — evident in the dim lighting, wobbly framing and Laura’s penchant for rumpled plaid shirts — can scarcely conceal the essential phoniness of the material. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Boundaries' takes the road all too quirkily traveled," 21 June 2018 That still doesn't conceal his piss poor average, career-high strikeout pace and inability to take a walk since April. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Jason Heyward's Turning Point, Expansion Possibilities and Bryce Harper's Struggles," 18 June 2018 When donned, the wearer was totally concealed, and any physical indicators of race, gender, class and sexuality were erased from view. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Nick Cave Hosts An Art World Bash At The Park Avenue Armory," 8 June 2018 Parents swarm the front doors of Noblesville High School, almost concealing the police car parked outside. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville middle school shooting: Community starts to heal after tragedy," 26 May 2018 Cardi B glides down the aisle to the altar concealing her baby-bump with a bouquet of flowers and a flowing white wedding gown. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Cardi B marries, buries 'America's Next Top Model' winner in new video," 21 May 2018 Liberty High prepares to go on trial, but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah’s death concealed. refinery29.com, "The Polaroids in the 13 Reasons Why Trailer Have Major Clues For Season 2," 1 May 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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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 \
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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