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conceal

[kuh n-seel] /kənˈsil/
verb (used with object)
1.
to hide; withdraw or remove from observation; cover or keep from sight:
He concealed the gun under his coat.
2.
to keep secret; to prevent or avoid disclosing or divulging:
to conceal one's identity by using a false name.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English conselen, concelen < Anglo-French conceler < Latin concēlāre, equivalent to con- con- + cēlāre to hide (akin to hull1, Greek koleón scabbard (see Coleoptera); cf. occult)
Related forms
concealable, adjective
concealability, noun
concealedly, adverb
concealedness, noun
concealer, noun
half-concealed, adjective
half-concealing, adjective
preconceal, verb (used with object)
reconceal, verb (used with object)
semiconcealed, adjective
subconcealed, adjective
unconcealed, adjective
unconcealing, adjective
unconcealingly, adverb
well-concealed, adjective
Synonyms
1. See hide1 .
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Examples for conceal
  • In response to the furor, artists began to avoid forbidden images or conceal them under dotting, stippling and cross-hatches.
  • The question was how to conceal a device sufficiently powerful to do the job within a piece of solid stonework.
  • On top, place a container without a drain hole, and conceal it with more pebbles.
  • They're often too tiny or too fast-moving to be easily seen, and they tend to conceal themselves well.
  • Drawers on casters conceal seldom-used items under the bed.
  • Whole strawberries, glazed with a cooked strawberry sauce, conceal this pie's layer of fresh peaches on sweetened cream cheese.
  • In the living room, they created a built-in display case to showcase art and conceal stereo equipment.
  • Anonymity is guaranteed, and details are scrambled to conceal the stellar teachers as well as the emerging ones.
  • However not all sceptics are honest, many of them have agendas of their own, often they want to conceal the truth.
  • My gut feeling is that the main purpose of using dispersants was to conceal the magnitude of the leak from the public.
British Dictionary definitions for conceal

conceal

/kənˈsiːl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to keep from discovery; hide
2.
to keep secret
Derived Forms
concealable, adjective
concealer, noun
concealment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French conceler, from Latin concēlāre, from com- (intensive) + cēlāre to hide
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Word Origin and History for conceal
v.

early 14c., concelen, from Old French conceler "to hide, conceal, dissimulate," from Latin concelare "to hide," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + celare "to hide," from PIE root *kel- "to hide" (see cell). Replaced Old English deagan. Related: Concealed; concealing.

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