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verb (1)

hid ˈhid How to pronounce hide (audio) ; hidden ˈhi-dᵊn How to pronounce hide (audio) or hid; hiding ˈhī-diŋ How to pronounce hide (audio)

transitive verb

: to put out of sight : secrete
hide a key under the doormat
: to conceal for shelter or protection : shield
They hid him from the police.
: to keep secret
hide the truth
: to screen from or as if from view : obscure
clouds hid the sun
: to turn (the eyes or face) away in shame or anger

intransitive verb

: to remain out of sight
she hid under the bed
often used with out
hiding out from the cops
: to seek protection or evade responsibility
hides behind his dark glasses, hoping to avoid being recognized
hider noun


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noun (1)

: the skin of an animal whether raw or prepared for use
used especially of large heavy skins
buffalo killed for their hides
boots made of cow hide
: the life or physical well-being of a person
betrayed his friend to save his own hide


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verb (2)

hided; hiding

transitive verb

: to give a beating to : flog


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noun (2)

chiefly British
: blind sense 2
hunting ducks from a hide


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noun (3)

: any of various old English units of land area
especially : a unit of 120 acres
hide or hair or hide nor hair
: a trace or visible sign of someone or something
a wife he hadn't seen hide or hair of in over 20 yearsH. L. Davis
Choose the Right Synonym for hide

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 hide in a Sentence

Verb (1) the thief had hidden the stolen jewelry under the floorboards he tried to hide his criminal past she hid the cat's litter box behind a screen He hid in the closet during the game of hide-and-seek. Noun (1) seal hides are used by Eskimos to make footwear, boats, shelters, bags, and clothing boots made of shiny alligator hide Verb (2) the grizzled quartermaster threatened to hide any soldier caught stealing provisions threatened to hide the boys with his cane if he ever found them on his property again
Recent Examples on the Web
But one species has remained hidden for a century as others in its insect family were identified, thanks to its unique disguise. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 16 May 2024 Click once on a tab group name on the tab header bar to hide (or show) all the tabs in it—a quick and useful way of tidying up your open tabs. David Nield, Popular Science, 16 May 2024 The other one is his wife, who’s always hiding and shooting. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 15 May 2024 The surge in workers trying to hide their drug use comes as more states across the U.S. legalize recreational marijuana use. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 15 May 2024 Trump made the trip on an off day in the hush money trial where Trump faces 34 counts of falsifying business records to hide reimbursement payments to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for the money paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 15 May 2024 Google didn’t tell my colleague David anything about these glasses in our Project Astra interview, but the company doesn’t exactly seem to be hiding them, either. Sean Hollister, The Verge, 14 May 2024 According to the sheriff’s office, Gunnerson was hiding in the backyard with the knife when fire and sheriff’s personnel arrived at the scene. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 14 May 2024 Seal was the first to be sent back to the ice floe, and half the panel got his identity right: Robin Thicke and Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg both figured out the adorable costume was hiding The Goonies actor Corey Feldman. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 2 May 2024
Other celebrity fans who have given the brand their seal of approval include Hailey Bieber, who was spotted in the low hide brief, Elle Macpherson, Amanda Kloots, and Melissa Wood. Taylor Jean Stephan, Peoplemag, 13 May 2024 The individuals then reportedly took the valuable parts off the deer, including their antlers and hides, while leaving the rest to rot. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 2 May 2024 His gruff boss Thomas Cromwell (Sean Bean) fears for is own hide and wants Shardlake to solve the crime and shutter the beleaguered monastery. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 1 May 2024 Another 35 pieces were domestic tools: digging sticks, pointed tools for piercing or working hides, and shafts that likely served as handles for axes or stone blades. Byandrew Curry, science.org, 1 Apr. 2024 Scale-like trim and a bow window hide alongside drop-ceiling tiles and carpet, a reminder that the structure was built in the early 1900s. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 Johnson-Gottlieb later pointed to Cole’s state of mind after the killing, arguing that the defendant was not trying to deceive officers to save his hide, but rather was still in shock from being wounded in a shooting and then later killing his own friend, Hernandez. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 WATCH Out of Quito and into Ecuador's Wild Monty Lewis is one of just five craftspeople in the UK who still makes traditional dress sporrans using goat hide and horsehair. Karen Gardiner, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Oct. 2023 Alice seems happily content with Chauncey, sitting down for a tea party with him and playing hide and seek. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Verb (1)

Middle English hiden, from Old English hȳdan; akin to Greek keuthein to conceal

Noun (1) and Verb (2)

Middle English, from Old English hȳd; akin to Old High German hūt hide, Latin cutis skin, Greek kytos hollow vessel

Noun (3)

Middle English, from Old English hīgid, hīd

First Known Use

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

circa 1825, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hide was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hide. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 verb
; hidden
or hid; hiding
: to put or get out of sight : conceal
hide a treasure
hid in a closet
: to keep secret
hide one's grief
: to screen from view
a house hidden by trees
clouds hid the sun
: to seek protection or avoid responsibility


2 of 3 noun
: the skin of an animal whether raw or dressed


3 of 3 verb
hided; hiding
: to give a beating to


Old English hȳdan "to get out of sight"


Old English hȳd "skin of an animal"

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