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Definition of disguise verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disguise
    he / she / it disguises
    past simple disguised
    -ing form disguising
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  1. 1to change your appearance so that people cannot recognize you disguise somebody The hijackers were heavily disguised. disguise somebody as somebody/something They got in disguised as security guards. disguise yourself (as somebody/something) She disguised herself as a boy.
  2. 2disguise something to hide something or change it, so that it cannot be recognized synonym conceal She made no attempt to disguise her surprise. It was a thinly disguised attack on the President. She couldn't disguise the fact that she felt uncomfortable. He tried to disguise his voice. 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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