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[ kuhn-seel ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to hide; withdraw or remove from observation; cover or keep from sight:

    He concealed the gun under his coat.

  2. to keep secret; to prevent or avoid disclosing or divulging:

    to conceal one's identity by using a false name.


/ kənˈsiːl /


  1. to keep from discovery; hide
  2. to keep secret

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Derived Forms

  • conˈcealment, noun
  • conˈcealable, adjective
  • conˈcealer, noun
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Other Words From

  • con·ceala·ble adjective
  • con·ceala·bili·ty noun
  • con·cealed·ly adverb
  • con·cealed·ness noun
  • con·cealer noun
  • half-con·cealed adjective
  • half-con·cealing adjective
  • precon·ceal verb (used with object)
  • recon·ceal verb (used with object)
  • semi·con·cealed adjective
  • subcon·cealed adjective
  • uncon·cealed adjective
  • uncon·cealing adjective
  • uncon·cealing·ly adverb
  • well-con·cealed adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of conceal1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English conselen, concelen, from Anglo-French conceler from Latin concēlāre, from con- con- + cēlāre “to hide” ( hull 1 )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of conceal1

C14: from Old French conceler, from Latin concēlāre, from com- (intensive) + cēlāre to hide
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Synonym Study

See hide 1.
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Example Sentences

Trachtman combines natural items with the man-made ones and sometimes partly conceals items inside the assemblages.

He shopped online for a “Surgical Steel Tomahawk Axe” and a concealed firearm built to look like a cellphone, prosecutors alleged, and discussed coordination with Proud Boys and Three Percenters.

The thin heating elements are fully concealed within the garment and are protected by a waterproof membrane, so you don’t need to worry about rain.

Chastain told the officer he did not threaten Karau with a weapon but that he did have a concealed-carry permit and had a pistol on his person at the time of the incident, according to the police report.

He described it as “a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and, on the other, to conceal the true nature of the individual.”

As great as this feat was, an equally demanding test followed: to conceal from the Nazis that Enigma had been beaten.

Many of those gathering in the run-up to the grand jury decision wore hockey and tear gas masks to conceal their identity.

I maintain that our mistake was in overthinking our criminal's desire to conceal the body.

Call them Trojan horse foods: nutritiously pleasing ingredients (oats, yogurts) that conceal a whole host of junk.

Ali can scarcely conceal his delight with this change of circumstances.

I, therefore, deliver it as a maxim, that whoever desires the character of a proud man ought to conceal his vanity.

Answered Elizabeth, hardly attempting to conceal her scornful doubt of his sincerity.

"No; his coming has taken me by surprise," replied Hartledon, with a nervousness he could not wholly conceal.

Still, Louis did not reply; but proofs of his contending soul convulsed the features his agitated hand tried to conceal.

Was she merely an egoist—it ran in the family—or did it conceal much that she had no intention of revealing?





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