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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 half-concealed
Historical Examples
  • The surface was pitted with half-concealed badger holes, and in the bottoms were many spots where a horse might easily be mired.

    Cattle-Ranch to College Russell Doubleday
  • He fancied he had seen a half-concealed contempt in her glance of late.

    Friendship and Folly Maria Louise Pool
  • A half-concealed smile passed about the group, accustomed to the speaker's dramatic instincts.

    Making Money Owen Johnson
  • He gave me the address of his rooms, with a half-concealed air of eagerness.

    Upsidonia Archibald Marshall
  • Antonia's eyes rested on her, detecting her half-concealed face, with silent disapproval.

    The Lady of Fort St. John Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Behind him, half-concealed by the shadows of the hall, was a second man.

    Warrior of the Dawn Howard Carleton Browne
  • He recognised it to be a woman from the long hair, the brown neck, and the half-concealed bosom.

    Taras Bulba and Other Tales Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • "To see my own mansion," answered the man, with half-concealed excitement.

    The Unknown Quantity Henry van Dyke
  • This was asked uneasily, but with a half-concealed laugh in his voice as if the joke would appear in a minute.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • She had assented with only half-concealed eagerness to Marjories plan.

British Dictionary definitions for half-concealed


partially hidden: little half-concealed paths


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 half-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.

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