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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And just hours before Trump announced Pruitt’s resignation, it was reported that Pruitt had used clandestine calendars to conceal controversial meetings with executives from various industries. Alana Abramson, Time, "EPA Head Scott Pruitt Resigns After Months of High-Profile Scandals," 5 July 2018 Nor did Sherry Pierce list her work for the consultancy on her résumé, which Battista also showed to the jury and said was evidence the parties tried to conceal the arrangement. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Bribery trial involving Johnson Utilities, Corporation Commission in jurors' hands," 29 June 2018 Fresh, best-quality oils are important to use here, because any flaws (rancidity, plastic off-flavors) will be impossible to conceal. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 The charges also allege that McFarland tried to conceal his involvement in the scam by putting the proceeds in other people’s accounts. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Fyre Festival Founder Charged With Selling Fake Tickets to Big Events While Out on Bail," 14 June 2018 However, a new report from The Detroit News claims that South Padre officials are trying to conceal new records related to the case. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Texas officials hiding evidence in Matt Patricia sexual assault case, report says | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 May 2018 And there is open space below the console to conceal a purse or iPad. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: When mileage and elegance matter," 15 May 2018 To conceal the scheme, John and Danielle Kays made false statements on the government ethics forms that they were required to file by failing to disclose the cash payments received from Barrow, according to the statement of facts. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Ex-Harford resident gets six years in prison for taking bribes on Aberdeen Proving Ground contracts," 15 May 2018 As for blemishes and dark spots, fingers really aren't the best concealing tool. Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, "How to Apply Concealer the Right Way, According to Pros," 10 Dec. 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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