dis·​guise | \ də-ˈskīz How to pronounce disguise (audio) , dis-ˈgīz also diz- \
disguised; disguising

Definition of disguise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change the customary dress (see dress entry 2 sense 1) or appearance of disguised herself in a wig and glasses
b : to furnish with a false appearance or an assumed (see assume sense 3) identity disguised as a beggar
2 obsolete : disfigure
3 : to obscure the existence or true state or character of : conceal unable to disguise his true feelings



Definition of disguise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : apparel assumed to conceal one's identity or counterfeit another's The bank robber was wearing a disguise.
2 : the act of disguising
3a : form misrepresenting the true nature of something blessings in disguise
b : an artificial manner : pretense threw off all disguise

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disguisedly \ də-​ˈskīz(-​ə)d-​lē How to pronounce disguise (audio) , dis-​ˈgīz(-​ə)d-​ also  diz-​ \ adverb
disguisement \ də-​ˈskīz-​mənt How to pronounce disguise (audio) , dis-​ˈgīz-​ also  diz-​ \ noun
disguiser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disguise

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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disguise, cloak, mask mean to alter the dress or appearance of so as to conceal the identity or true nature. disguise implies a change in appearance or behavior that misleads by presenting a different apparent identity. disguised herself as a peasant cloak suggests a means of hiding a movement or an intention. cloaked their maneuvers in secrecy mask suggests some often obvious means of hiding or disguising something. smiling to mask his discontent

Examples of disguise in a Sentence

Verb He tried to disguise his voice on the phone but I could tell it was him. She disguised herself in a wig and glasses. We disguised the fact that we were disappointed. Noun He wore a disguise of glasses, a fake mustache, and a cap. The famous thief is known to be a master of disguise.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plush textures disguise the bold tannins of the region, while forest and minerals add complexity to that dark cherry fruit. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 7 Nov. 2021 These fake Android apps disguise themselves as legitimate tools, from photo editors and camera filters to games and QR code scanners. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 28 Oct. 2021 Two late scores — from Vavae Malepeai and Malcolm Epps — would only disguise the beating. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 VPNs encrypt your internet traffic and disguise your online identity, making hackers more likely to target someone else. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The Bills also disguise blitzes well, which will take a team effort to counter, but Tagovailoa will have to be ready to identify. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, 15 Sep. 2021 This follows a long history of using humanitarianism to disguise exploitation by the fishing industry. Spencer Roberts, Wired, 24 Oct. 2021 Dorrell said the Buffaloes will have a tough time trying to disguise their defenses against a quarterback as experienced as Garbers. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 23 Oct. 2021 The rugged offensive approach has allowed U-M to eat up clock and disguise its greatest weaknesses by reducing the exposure of a defense with shallow depth at key positions — specifically inside linebacker, safety and cornerback. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 14 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the clip, Dobrik told Francois he would be kissed by model Corinna Kopf wearing a disguise but was instead kissed by Jason Nash. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2021 That said, Quinn has spoken about mixing things up a bit more in Dallas, which would likely include some more disguise, 2-safety shells, and blitzes. Nick Kehoe, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2021 An experienced robber named Jan-Erik Olsson entered Kreditbanken in Norrmalmstorg square, Stockholm, wearing a disguise, and demanded money at gunpoint. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 17 Aug. 2021 Sometimes, wearing a disguise is what makes telling the truth possible. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, 15 July 2021 The sign of the twins can perform a complete and instant personality change without changing a single thing about their clothing and appearance and be unrecognizable as though wearing a disguise. Holiday Mathis, Arkansas Online, 2 June 2021 And then post-snap, there’s a disguise in the read with the progression of the defense, rotation. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, 16 May 2021 When the collector comes to Tom’s mansion in France and blows Tom’s disguise, Tom, naturally enough, murders him. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 If the world has ended, does the Batman disguise really matter anymore? Ryan Britt, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of disguise


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disguise

Verb and Noun

Middle English disgisen, from Anglo-French desguiser, deguiser, from des- dis- + guise guise

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“Disguise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disguise. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disguise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to change the usual appearance, sound, taste, etc., of (someone or something) so that people will not recognize that person or thing
: to hide (something) so that it will not be seen or noticed



English Language Learners Definition of disguise (Entry 2 of 2)

: clothes or other things that you wear so that people will not recognize you
: the act of changing your appearance so that people will not recognize you


dis·​guise | \ də-ˈskīz How to pronounce disguise (audio) , dis-ˈgīz \
disguised; disguising

Kids Definition of disguise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to change the looks or sound of to avoid being recognized He disguised his voice on the phone.
2 : to keep from revealing She disguised her true feelings.



Kids Definition of disguise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : clothing worn to avoid being recognized
2 : an outward appearance that hides what something really is a blessing in disguise

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