hide

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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

1
a
: 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
hider noun

hide

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noun (1)

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

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verb (2)

hided; hiding

transitive verb

: to give a beating to : flog

hide

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noun (2)

chiefly British
: blind sense 2
hunting ducks from a hide

hide

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noun (3)

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

Word History

Etymology

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 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

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verb

hid
ˈhid
; hidden
ˈhid-ᵊn
or hid; hiding
ˈhīd-iŋ
1
: to put or get out of sight : conceal
hide a treasure
hid in a closet
2
: to keep secret
hide one's grief
3
: to screen from view
a house hidden by trees
clouds hid the sun
4
: to seek protection or avoid responsibility
hider
ˈhīd-ər
noun

hide

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noun

: the skin of an animal whether raw or dressed

hide

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verb

hided; hiding
: to give a beating to

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