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



    BrE BrE//haɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//haɪd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hide
    BrE BrE//haɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//haɪd//
    he / she / it hides
    BrE BrE//haɪdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//haɪdz//
    past simple hid
    BrE BrE//hɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪd//
    past participle hidden
    BrE BrE//ˈhɪdn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪdn//
    -ing form hiding
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪdɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [transitive] to put or keep somebody/something in a place where they/it cannot be seen or found synonym conceal hide somebody/something He hid the letter in a drawer. I keep my private papers hidden. hide somebody/something from something They hid me from the police in their attic.
  2. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to go somewhere where you hope you will not be seen or found Quick, hide! + adv./prep. I hid under the bed. We hid from our pursuers in an empty house. (figurative) He hid behind a false identity. hide yourself (+ adv.prep.) She hides herself away in her office all day.
  3. 3  [transitive] to cover something so that it cannot be seen synonym conceal hide something + adv./prep. He hid his face in his hands. hide something The house was hidden by trees. The brim of his hat hid half his face. No amount of make-up could hide her age. Hidden dangers lurk in the ocean depths.
  4. 4  [transitive] hide something to keep something secret, especially your feelings synonym conceal She struggled to hide her disappointment. I have never tried to hide the truth about my past. They claim that they have nothing to hide (= there was nothing wrong or illegal about what they did). She felt sure the letter had some hidden meaning. His brusque manner hides a shy and sensitive nature. I could not hide my joy at seeing him again. 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
  5. Word Originverb Old English hȳdan, of West Germanic origin.Extra examples He accused the president of preferring to hide from the truth. He could easily hide in the woods. He had a weak mouth which he hid beneath a beard. He had deliberately hidden the illness from his boss. He hid the book under his bed. He made no attempt to hide his anger He quickly hid behind a large plant. Hypnotherapy can bring out previously hidden emotions. I’ll find a better place to hide it. It had been cleverly hidden under furniture. She could barely hide her distaste. She hid the documents away in a drawer. She wanted to run away and hide. She was unable to hide her delight at his failure. The TV was discreetly hidden in a corner. The buildings were half hidden by the trees. The government tried to hide the evidence from the public. The house was hidden from view by a large fence. The house was partially hidden behind some trees. The letters were well hidden in a drawer. The letters were well hidden in the back of the cupboard. The truth may well remain hidden for ever. They tried to hide from their enemies. They were hiding among the bushes. feelings that she had kept completely hidden all these years figures hiding in the shadows hiding from their enemies tiny villages hidden deep in the softly rolling hills treasures which have lain hidden in bank vaults since the war They claim that they have nothing to hide. They’re hiding from the police. You can run, but you can’t hide.Idioms
    bury/hide your head in the sand
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    to refuse to admit that a problem exists or refuse to deal with it
    cover/hide a multitude of sins
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    (often humorous) to hide the real situation or facts when these are not good or pleasant She was dressed in loose comfortable clothes that hid a multitude of sins.
    hide your light under a bushel
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    to not let people know that you are good at something
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