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

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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Earlier this week, MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito resigned after an investigation revealed the lab's administrators had tried to conceal its financial ties to Epstein. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Jeffrey Epstein gave nearly $9 million to Harvard," 13 Sep. 2019 For this family kitchen, Ferrarini used folding wood pocket doors to conceal not only counter- top gadgets but an entire wall of cabinets and appliances (see far left). 2. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Kitchen Designer Shares His Tricks for an Always-Tidy Space," 11 Sep. 2019 James Russell Smith, who lives in Lone Oak, east of Dallas, is charged with conspiracy to conceal a person from arrest. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Feds are looking for militia man with 'violent tendencies' who mounted armed patrols on South Texas border," 9 Aug. 2019 Even before the play begins, the backstage crew is scurrying around like cruise ship workers trying to conceal a norovirus outbreak. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: How funny is ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’? Depends on your appetite for pranks and pratfalls," 12 July 2019 While her morals urge her to bring the deceased to his rightful resting place, her survival instincts kick in, and Leigh tries to conceal the body in an attempt to save herself and her son from persecution. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Exclusive Blood on Her Name trailer previews grisly thrills for Fantasia Fest," 10 July 2019 Images: Getty Democrats used to at least try to conceal their contempt for the private economy, but open hostility is now a political tactic. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Please Resign. Sincerely, Elizabeth Warren," 2 July 2019 They are accused of trying to conceal the spending by passing them off in federal records as donations to wounded warriors and other charities. Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "Indicted congressman makes court appearance before midterms," 24 Sep. 2018 Her clothing drapes over her body, concealing much of her skin. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Hustlers Captured the Excesses of Pre-Recession Fashion," 17 Sep. 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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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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