hid·den | \ˈhi-dᵊn \

Definition of hidden 

1 : being out of sight or not readily apparent : concealed

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hiddenness \ˈhi-dᵊn-nəs \ noun

Examples of hidden in a Sentence

There was a hidden flaw in the airplane's design. the hidden costs in buying a home

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Archaeologists have found a hidden network of tombs in Minya and a rare Greco-Roman temple in the western desert, while the authorities have stepped up efforts to recover ancient treasures smuggled abroad. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.’)," 13 July 2018 North Korea is believed to have up to 60 nuclear devices and many ballistic missiles as well as a vast, hidden system for developing both. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Pompeo meets with North Korea's former spy chief on nuclear weapons to build 'trust'," 7 July 2018 Drawings smuggled out by a Yemeni detainee at Beir Ahmed gave a grim glimpse into a hidden world of flagrant human rights abuses by UAE officers acting with impunity in several other prisons. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "In Yemen, 46 detainees released from UAE-controlled prison," 4 July 2018 But her toddler siblings refused to stay hidden, or the dog wouldn’t get off of the blanket, or both of her siblings would try to hide. Amber Leventry, Longreads, "Making Peace with Selective Reduction," 29 June 2018 On so many blocks—especially in lower income neighborhoods—are a hidden asset: vacant lots. Drew Harris, Philly.com, "Let's promote health and green space one empty lot at a time," 29 June 2018 Out’s Jordan Peele have recreated our world but cracked through with a surreal seam that makes its hidden evils unmissable. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Brilliant Black Comedy About Race, Labor, and Magic," 29 June 2018 The video then showed the diplomat in his hotel room, scenes that apparently were shot with a hidden camera. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "I never said that! High-tech deception of ‘deepfake’ videos," 3 July 2018 The video then showed the diplomat in his hotel room, scenes that apparently were shot with a hidden camera. Deb Riechmann, BostonGlobe.com, "‘I never said that!’ The high-tech deception of ‘deepfake’ videos," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of hidden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hidden

: not seen or known

: not easily found or recognized

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to reject or criticize sharply

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