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[kuh n-seel] /kənˈsil/
verb (used with object)
to hide; withdraw or remove from observation; cover or keep from sight:
He concealed the gun under his coat.
to keep secret; to prevent or avoid disclosing or divulging:
to conceal one's identity by using a false name.
Origin of conceal
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
1. See hide1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for concealed
  • Not all state laws ban concealed carry on campus specifically, and some campuses follow suit.
  • Both have inconspicuous red flowers concealed in tubular or slipper-shaped red bracts.
  • Finally, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon on our campus.
  • Cal has a backward system for issuing concealed pistol licenses.
  • The machine exposes anything concealed beneath clothing, including plastic explosives stored in body cavities.
  • The commodity boom has so far concealed the slowdown, but even if prices stay high, further gains on this scale seem unlikely.
  • It would not allow for carrying a concealed weapon into any state or area that has chosen not to permit concealed carry.
  • The concealed blood test led to another deathbed confession-this time from one of the prosecutors involved.
  • It is entirely nocturnal, spending the day concealed in dense spruce or a hollow tree.
  • What you don't think of is dangerous concealed weaponry.
British Dictionary definitions for concealed


verb (transitive)
to keep from discovery; hide
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 concealed



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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