verb (1)
\ ˈhīd How to pronounce hide (audio) \
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) \

Definition of hide

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to put out of sight : secrete hide a key under the doormat
b : to conceal for shelter or protection : shield They hid him from the police.
2 : to keep secret hide the truth
3 : to screen from or as if from view : obscure clouds hid the sun
4 : to turn (the eyes or face) away in shame or anger

intransitive verb

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


noun (1)

Definition of hide (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : the skin of an animal whether raw or prepared for use used especially of large heavy skins buffalo killed for their hidesboots made of cow hide
2 : the life or physical well-being of a person betrayed his friend to save his own hide
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 years— H. L. Davis


verb (2)
hided; hiding

Definition of hide (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

: to give a beating to : flog


noun (2)

Definition of hide (Entry 4 of 5)

chiefly British
: blind sense 2 hunting ducks from a hide


noun (3)

Definition of hide (Entry 5 of 5)

: any of various old English units of land area especially : a unit of 120 acres

Other Words from hide

Verb (1)

hider \ ˈhī-​dər How to pronounce hide (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hide

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Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb (2)

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Verb (1)

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

First Known Use of hide

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

History and Etymology for hide

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

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“Hide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hide. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hide


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

Kids Definition of hide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to put or stay out of sight
2 : to keep secret We hid the truth.
3 : to screen from view Clouds hid the sun.



Kids Definition of hide (Entry 2 of 2)

: the skin of an animal

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