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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

Recent Examples on the Web
Yet it could be argued that with security underwritten by the US and Europe, given a chance, neighbouring countries might allow a kind of neutral Swiss vibe to flourish where their silent money can go to hide and multiply. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Although the identities of all the men are hidden, at least part of the reason for publishing the videos appears to be to heap shame on those looking to flee. CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 Court documents say Meers would move from hotel to hotel every few days to hide his drug trafficking operations from police, according to the DOJ. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 Feb. 2024 With lawmakers, government officials, and their dedicated staff in attendance, the group is aiming to raise awareness about the inequality and uncertainty created for millions of patients when hospitals and insurers hide actual upfront prices. Jem Aswad, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 Star photographers show fans hiding and an officer with a rifle raised. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 20 Feb. 2024 For too long, city officials hid the true cost of running a big city, neglecting essential services like stormwater and basic maintenance of assets such as fire stations and city hall. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 They are entrenched in the villages and their rockets are hidden inside their homes. Ruth Marks Eglash, Fox News, 19 Feb. 2024 Stern further alleged Kapri tried to hide the powder after he was found asleep at the wheel of his black Bentley in a community neighboring Fort Lauderdale. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2024
The hunters gave the bear’s hide and skull to Fish and Game, apparently a young healthy male weighing between 200 and 275 pounds. Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Look for other signature elements like snakes, hides, cacti or vintage cowboy art. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Jan. 2024 Keep in Mind Expect subtle shade differences in the leather if purchasing multiple stools as no two pieces can be produced from a single hide. Addie Morton, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2024 This process— still used by specialized tanners today — involves extracting tannin from the bark of oak trees, which is then infused into hides during an extended soaking process in vats at a tannery. Samuel M. Riley, Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan. 2024 The hides and sinews and plant fibers worn by our ancestors all rotted away, leaving little physical trace in the archaeological record. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 2 Jan. 2024 Small fish hide in the structure’s cracks and crevices, while large sharks glide around it. Avery Paxton, Discover Magazine, 26 Dec. 2023 Swooning over species from the viewing hide — or porch, shower, or bed — means the animals come to you, on their terms. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 9 Dec. 2023 His January 1970 collection raised eyebrows among some fashion arbiters for its extravagant use of cobra-skin banding on coats, suits and dresses, along with other dashes of animal hides. Alex Williams, New York Times, 10 Sep. 2023 See More

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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 24 Feb. 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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