Synonyms & Antonyms of hide

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 to put into a hiding place
  • the thief had hidden the stolen jewelry under the floorboards

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2 to keep secret or shut off from view
  • he tried to hide his criminal past
  • she hid the cat's litter box behind a screen

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3 to remain out of sight
  • he hid in the closet while his roommate lied to the probation officer

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Synonyms of hide (Entry 2 of 3)

2 to strike repeatedly with something long and thin or flexible
  • threatened to hide the boys with his cane if he ever found them on his property again

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Synonyms of hide (Entry 3 of 3)

1 the outer covering of an animal removed for its commercial value
  • seal hides are used by Eskimos to make footwear, boats, shelters, bags, and clothing

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2 the hairless natural covering of an animal prepared for use
  • boots made of shiny alligator hide

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Frequently Asked Questions About hide

How is the word hide distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of hide are bury, conceal, screen, and secrete. While all these words mean "to withhold or withdraw from sight," hide may or may not suggest intent.

hide in the closet

a house hidden in the woods

When might bury be a better fit than hide?

The words bury and hide are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, bury implies covering up so as to hide completely.

buried the treasure

When could conceal be used to replace hide?

In some situations, the words conceal and hide are roughly equivalent. However, conceal usually does imply intent and often specifically implies a refusal to divulge.

concealed the weapon

Where would screen be a reasonable alternative to hide?

Although the words screen and hide have much in common, screen implies an interposing of something that prevents discovery.

a house screened by trees

When would secrete be a good substitute for hide?

The meanings of secrete and hide largely overlap; however, secrete suggests a depositing in a place unknown to others.

secreted the amulet inside his shirt

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

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“Hide.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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