disguise

I UK [dɪsˈɡaɪz] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "disguise":
present tense I/you/we/they disguise he/she/it disguises present participle disguising past tense disguised past participle disguised
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1) to hide something such as your feelings or intentions

He didn't disguise his bitterness about what had happened.

a thinly disguised attempt to embarrass the prime minister

2)
a) [often passive] to make changes in the way that someone looks so that other people will not recognize them
be disguised as someone/something:

She arrived at his home disguised as a man.

be disguised in something:

The intruders were disguised in post office uniforms.

disguise yourself as/in something:

The soldiers disguised themselves as ordinary civilians.

b) to make something look, sound, or seem like something else

little tape recorders disguised as cigarette packets


II UK [dɪsˈɡaɪz] / US noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "disguise":
singular disguise plural disguises
1) something that you wear to change the way that you look so that people will not recognize you

She was wearing a disguise of a blonde wig and glasses.

in disguise (= wearing a disguise):

He often went out in disguise to avoid being recognized by his fans.

2) something that hides what something really is, especially by making it seem better than it is

His cheerful manner is a disguise that hides the pain.

in disguise:

The more artistic films are dismissed as "pornography in disguise".

See:
blessing

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Disguise — Dis*guise (?; 232), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disguised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disguising}.] [OE. desguisen, disgisen, degisen, OF. desguisier, F. d[ e]guiser; pref. des (L. dis ) + guise. See {Guise}.] 1. To change the guise or appearance of; especially …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disguise — Dis*guise , n. 1. A dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception; as, persons doing unlawful acts in disguise are subject to heavy penalties. [1913 Webster] There is no passion which steals into the heart more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disguise — [dis gīz′] vt. disguised, disguising [ME disgisen < OFr desguiser, to change costume: see DIS & GUISE] 1. to make appear, sound, etc. different from usual so as to be unrecognizable [to disguise one s voice] 2. to hide or obscure the existence …   English World dictionary

  • disguise — [n] covering, makeup for deception beard, blind, camouflage, charade, cloak, color, coloring, concealment, costume, counterfeit, cover up, dissimulation, dress, facade, face, faking, false front*, fig leaf*, front*, get up, guise, illusion, make… …   New thesaurus

  • disguise — I noun artifice, camouflage, caricature, cloak, concealment counterfeit, cover, covering, deception, deceptive covering, dissimulation, facade, faking, false appearance, false colors, false copy, false front, guise, hiding, imitation, mask,… …   Law dictionary

  • disguise — verb is spelt ise, not ize. See ise …   Modern English usage

  • disguise — ► VERB 1) alter in appearance or nature so as to conceal the identity of. 2) hide the nature or existence of (a feeling or situation). ► NOUN ▪ a means of disguising one s identity. ORIGIN Old French desguisier …   English terms dictionary

  • disguise — dis|guise1 [dısˈgaız] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: desguiser, from guise appearance ] 1.) to change someone s appearance so that people cannot recognize them disguise yourself as sb/sth ▪ Maybe you could disguise yourself as a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • disguise — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ clever, good ▪ thin ▪ State regulation often served as a thin disguise for corruption. VERB + DISGUISE ▪ adopt …   Collocations dictionary

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