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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.
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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  • The warhead also runs another set of code, concealing the change that it has made.
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British Dictionary definitions for concealing


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 concealing



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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