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UK [kənˈsiːl] / US [kənˈsɪl] verb [transitive]
Word forms "conceal":
present tense I/you/we/they conceal he/she/it conceals present participle concealing past tense concealed past participle concealed formal
1)
a) to prevent someone from seeing or knowing your feelings

He was barely able to conceal his disgust.

b) to not tell someone about something, especially because you are ashamed of it or worried about it

Why did you decide to conceal your true identity?

conceal something from someone:

Concealing evidence from the police is a serious offence.

2)
a) to hide something so that it cannot be found

The letters had been concealed under a mattress.

b) to cover something so that it is hidden

A long velvet curtain concealed a small doorway.


English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Conceal — Con*ceal (k[o^]n*s[=e]l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Concealed} (k[o^]n*s[=e]ld ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Concealing}.] [OF. conceler, L. concelare; con + celareto hide; akin to AS. helan, G. hehlen, E. hele (to cover), helmet. See {Hell}, {Helmet}.] To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conceal — con·ceal vt 1: to prevent disclosure of or fail to disclose (as a provision in a contract) esp. in violation of a duty to disclose 2 a: to place out of sight ◇ A weapon need only be placed out of ordinary observation in order to be considered a… …   Law dictionary

  • conceal — UK US /kənˈsiːl/ verb [T] ► to not tell somebody about something that they have the right to know about: »Do not conceal health problems from a prospective insurer …   Financial and business terms

  • conceal — early 14c., concelen, from O.Fr. conceler to hide, conceal, dissimulate, from L. concelare to hide, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + celare to hide, from PIE root *kel to hide (see CELL (Cf. cell …   Etymology dictionary

  • conceal — [kən sēl′] vt. [ME concelen < OFr conceler < L concelare, to hide < com , together + celare, to hide < IE base * k̑el, to hide, conceal > HALL, HULL1, Gr kalyptein] 1. to put out of sight; hide 2. to keep from another s knowledge;… …   English World dictionary

  • conceal — *hide, screen, secrete, bury, cache, ensconce Analogous words: cloak, mask, *disguise, dissemble, camouflage Antonyms: reveal Contrasted words: disclose, discover, divulge, betray (see REVEAL): expose, exhibit, display, *show, parade, flaunt:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • conceal — [v] hide, disguise beard, burrow, bury, cache, camouflage, cloak, couch, cover, cover up, dissemble, ditch, duck, ensconce, enshroud, harbor, hole up*, keep dark, keep secret, lie low*, lurk, mask, masquerade, obscure, plant*, put in a hole*,… …   New thesaurus

  • conceal — ► VERB ▪ prevent from being seen or known. DERIVATIVES concealer noun concealment noun. ORIGIN Latin concelare, from celare hide …   English terms dictionary

  • conceal — 01. She used make up to [conceal] the dark circles under her eyes. 02. Clarke Kent had a hard time [concealing] his true identity as Superman from Lois Lane. 03. The murderer s lawyer was arrested for [concealment] of evidence related to his… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • conceal — [[t]kənsi͟ːl[/t]] conceals, concealing, concealed 1) VERB If you conceal something, you cover it or hide it carefully. [V n] Frances decided to conceal the machine behind a hinged panel... [V ed] Five people were arrested for carrying concealed… …   English dictionary

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