- 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
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1. See hide1.
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Examples from the Web for conceal
As great as this feat was, an equally demanding test followed: to conceal from the Nazis that Enigma had been beaten.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
Many of those gathering in the run-up to the grand jury decision wore hockey and tear gas masks to conceal their identity.Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn’t Jim Crow America
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I maintain that our mistake was in overthinking our criminal's desire to conceal the body.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins'
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Call them Trojan horse foods: nutritiously pleasing ingredients (oats, yogurts) that conceal a whole host of junk.Your Health Food’s Hidden Sugar Bomb
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Businessmen and churchgoers find it difficult to conceal while wearing a shirt and tie.A Gun Owner Speaks: My Case for Open Carry
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This is too well-known a truth for me to endeavor to conceal it, especially from you.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
About daylight I reached a forest in which I could conceal myself during the day.Biography of a Slave
He dashed the glass from him, and burst into tears which he did not even try to conceal.Weighed and Wanting
Burke winced, but he made shift to conceal his realization of the truth she had stated to him.Within the Law
She made no attempt to conceal them; rather, she pointed to them with pride.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- to keep from discovery; hide
- to keep secret
C14: from Old French conceler, from Latin concēlāre, from com- (intensive) + cēlāre to hide
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Word Origin and History for conceal
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