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Definition of camouflage verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

camouflage

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈkæməflɑːʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæməflɑːʒ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they camouflage
BrE BrE//ˈkæməflɑːʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæməflɑːʒ//
 
he / she / it camouflages
BrE BrE//ˈkæməflɑːʒɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæməflɑːʒɪz//
 
past simple camouflaged
BrE BrE//ˈkæməflɑːʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæməflɑːʒd//
 
past participle camouflaged
BrE BrE//ˈkæməflɑːʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæməflɑːʒd//
 
-ing form camouflaging
BrE BrE//ˈkæməflɑːʒɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæməflɑːʒɪŋ//
 
 
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camouflage something (with something) to hide somebody/something by making them or it look like the things around, or like something else The soldiers camouflaged themselves with leaves. Her size was camouflaged by the long loose dress she wore. Synonymshideconceal cover disguise mask camouflageThese words all mean to put or keep somebody/​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 somebody/​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 managed to hide her disappointment.conceal (formal) to hide somebody/​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 somebody/​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/​disguise/​mask/​camouflage 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 Word Origin First World War: from French, from camoufler ‘to disguise’ (originally thieves' slang), from Italian camuffare ‘disguise, deceive’, perhaps by association with French camouflet ‘whiff of smoke in the face’.Extra examples The vehicles were all well camouflaged. They camouflaged their truck with fallen pine branches. The soldiers camouflaged themselves with leaves and twigs.
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