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Definition of conceal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

conceal

 verb
verb
NAmE//kənˈsil//
 
(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conceal
 
he / she / it conceals
 
past simple concealed
 
-ing form concealing
 
 
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to hide someone or something conceal somebody/something The paintings were concealed beneath a thick layer of plaster. Tim could barely conceal his disappointment. She sat down to conceal the fact that she was trembling. conceal somebody/something from somebody/something For a long time his death was concealed from her. see also ill-concealed Thesaurushideconceal cover disguise mask camouflageThese words all mean to put or keep someone or something in a place where they/it cannot be seen or found, or to keep the truth or your feelings secret.hide to put or keep someone or something in a place where they/it cannot be seen or found; to keep something secret, especially your feelings:He hid the letter in a drawer. She hid her disappointment from her brother.conceal (formal) to hide someone or something; to keep something secret:The paintings were concealed beneath a thick layer of plaster. Tim could barely conceal his disappointment. When it is being used to talk about emotions, conceal is often used in negative statements.cover to place something over or in front of something in order to hide it:She covered her face with her hands.disguise to hide or change the nature of something, so that it cannot be recognized:He tried to disguise his accent.mask to hide a feeling, smell, fact, etc. so that it cannot be easily seen or noticed:She masked her anger with a smile.camouflage to hide someone or something by making them/it look like the things around, or like something else:The soldiers camouflaged themselves with leaves and twigs.Patterns to hide/conceal/mask something behind something to hide/conceal something under something to hide/conceal something from somebody to hide/conceal/disguise/mask the truth/the fact that… to hide/conceal/disguise/mask your feelings
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