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

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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 Celebs compete in this crazy reality-singing TV show while wearing elaborate costumes to conceal their identities. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Get a first look at the Giraffe from The Masked Singer season 4," 3 Sep. 2020 The indictment alleges bank employees conspired with Kowalski and higher-ranking bank officials to transfer and conceal at least $29 million distributed to Kowalski and others who were not named. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Feds charge four former employees of failed Bridgeport bank in alleged $29 million embezzlement scheme," 28 Aug. 2020 Dictators have often used nationalist iconography to conceal corruption and autocracy. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "Why Every City Feels the Same Now," 24 Aug. 2020 He is said to have grown it to conceal youthful features that might put off potential customers and partners among the world’s big carmakers, potentially wary of a company from a country with no track record to speak of in technology or making cars. The Economist, "Believe the hypercar Rimac is making a big name for itself in battery-powered transport," 19 Aug. 2020 Set the new piece into place and fasten it with 1½-in.-long drywall nails, which have very thin, flat heads that are easier to conceal with joint compound than drywall screws. Joseph Truini And Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Drywall: Common Ways to Fix Damaged Walls," 18 Aug. 2020 The department released a video of Saturday’s skirmish in downtown Chicago that showed a group of protesters donning ponchos and shielding themselves with umbrellas to conceal their actions and their identities from police. Washington Post, "Live updates: Officials apologize after Black reporter arrested covering Proud Boys rally," 17 Aug. 2020 Not to mention, the Eero is small and easy to conceal. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "A variety of Amazon devices, from Echo to Eero, are on sale now," 17 Aug. 2020 Both are charged with conspiracy to destroy, alter or conceal evidence in connection with the children's deaths. Fox News, "Lori Vallow will be charged in death of her ex-husband within 4-6 months, police confirm," 7 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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11 Sep 2020

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“Conceal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conceal. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for conceal

conceal

verb
How to pronounce conceal (audio)

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.
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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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