conceal definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • to help keep from being seen, discovered, seen, or found; cover. See Synonyms at hide1.
    • to cover up or withdraw from observance; to cover; to pay for or avoid picture; to stop the advancement of; to withhold familiarity with.
  • verb:
    • To hide anything from view or from public knowledge, to try to keep something key.
    • avoid from becoming seen or found
    • restrain; keep from becoming observed by others
  • others:
    • to disguise; withdraw, remove, or guard from observation; cover or avoid picture; secrete: as, an event of men concealed on their own behind a wall; their face was hidden by a mask.
    • to help keep close or secret; forbear to reveal or divulge; withhold from utterance or declaration: as, to conceal a person's ideas or viewpoints.
    • Synonyms Conceal, Hide, Secrete, display screen, cover, cloak, disguise, dissemble. To hide also to conceal could be to place or keep out of picture, literally or figuratively; to secrete is always to create of sight literally. Conceal implies the very least of activity, and conceal not as much as secrete. Conceal and conceal can be used by sort of personification in which secrete couldn't be used: as, a cave concealed by bushes; a cottage concealed amid woods. See dissemble.

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