- 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.
- 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 accent. 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 Middle English (meaning ‘change one's usual style of dress’, with no implication of concealing one's identity): from Old French desguisier.Extra examples He made no attempt to disguise his liking for her. He spoke in a heavily disguised voice. He was disguised as a police officer. In her speech she made several thinly disguised attacks on the president. She tried to disguise the fact that she was pregnant. She was cleverly disguised as a policewoman. You cannot disguise what you are doing from your family. She couldn’t disguise the fact that she felt uncomfortable.
BrE BrE//dɪsˈɡaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɡaɪz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disguise
BrE BrE//dɪsˈɡaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɡaɪz//he / she / it disguises
BrE BrE//dɪsˈɡaɪzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɡaɪzɪz//past simple disguised
BrE BrE//dɪsˈɡaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɡaɪzd//past participle disguised
BrE BrE//dɪsˈɡaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɡaɪzd//-ing form disguising
BrE BrE//dɪsˈɡaɪzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɡaɪzɪŋ//