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

 

conceal

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːl//
 
(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conceal
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːl//
 
he / she / it conceals
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːlz//
 
past simple concealed
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːld//
 
past participle concealed
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːld//
 
-ing form concealing
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːlɪŋ//
 
 
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to hide somebody/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. 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 see also ill-concealed Word Origin Middle English: from Old French conceler, from Latin concelare, from con- ‘completely’ + celare ‘hide’.Extra examples He waited with barely concealed impatience. She was unable to conceal her surprise. The camera is small and easily concealed. He could not conceal his joy/​disappointment. She could barely/​scarcely/​hardly conceal her delight.
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