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

 

dissemble

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈsembl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsembl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dissemble
BrE BrE//dɪˈsembl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsembl//
 
he / she / it dissembles
BrE BrE//dɪˈsemblz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsemblz//
 
past simple dissembled
BrE BrE//dɪˈsembld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsembld//
 
past participle dissembled
BrE BrE//dɪˈsembld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsembld//
 
-ing form dissembling
BrE BrE//dɪˈsemblɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsemblɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] dissemble (something) (formal) to hide your real feelings or intentions, often by pretending to have different ones She was a very honest person who was incapable of dissembling. Word Origin late Middle English: alteration (suggested by semblance) of obsolete dissimule, via Old French from Latin dissimulare ‘disguise, conceal’.
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