to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered: Where did she hide her jewels?
to obstruct the view of; cover up: The sun was hidden by the clouds.
to conceal from knowledge or exposure; keep secret: to hide one's feelings.
to conceal oneself; lie concealed: He hid in the closet.
British. a place of concealment for hunting or observing wildlife; hunting blind.
hide out, to go into or remain in hiding: After breaking out of jail, he hid out in a deserted farmhouse.
- hid·a·ble, adjective
- hid·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- hider, noun
Other definitions for hide (2 of 3)
the pelt or skin of one of the larger animals (cow, horse, buffalo, etc.), raw or dressed.
the skin of a human being: Get out of here or I'll tan your hide!
safety or welfare: He's only worried about his own hide.
Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
to protect (a rope, as a boltrope of a sail) with a covering of leather.
- hideless, adjective
Other definitions for hide (3 of 3)
a unit of land measurement varying from 60 to 120 acres (24 to 49 hectares) or more, depending upon local usage.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use hide in a sentence
Those applied to deer hide displayed much in common with the business end of the ancient stone tool, including a wavy surface and clusters of shallow grooves.The oldest known abrading tool was used around 350,000 years ago | Bruce Bower | January 21, 2021 | Science News
The last reported sighting was in 1953, and blue tigers were soon the stuff of legends, with not so much as a preserved hide to prove they ever existed.How Neutral Theory Altered Ideas About Biodiversity | Christie Wilcox | December 8, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The hide is roughly twice the thickness of most leather gloves, providing top-notch protection for whatever type of task you want to do.
Other stone tools and a pigment chunk buried with her likely were used to cut apart game and prepare hides.
Dixon says they already had bored their way through the tough alligator hide.
He does not hesitate to hide some Marxist books from her library because she fears that the military could use them against her.
Don't hide behind meaningless rhetoric or claim you're ready for action only to back off when the NRA comes knocking.
And he scarcely bothered to hide his chief ambition: to lead his country as prime minister.
They carefully scanned open windows along the route, looking for places where a shooter might hide.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era | Gary May | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You can hide your extreme views and duck from having to answer questions about them.
Poor Squinty ran and tried to hide under the straw, for he knew the boy was talking about him.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
Instinctively he tried to hide both pain and anger—it could only increase this distance that was already there.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Consult not with him that layeth a snare for thee, and hide thy counsel from them that envy thee.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
As Isabel walked carefully down the slippery stair she veiled her eyes to hide the wonder in them.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Even the stern, inflexible commander turned to hide an emotion he would have blushed to betray.
British Dictionary definitions for hide (1 of 3)
to put or keep (oneself or an object) in a secret place; conceal (oneself or an object) from view or discovery: to hide a pencil; to hide from the police
(tr) to conceal or obscure: the clouds hid the sun
(tr) to keep secret
(tr) to turn (one's head, eyes, etc) away
British a place of concealment, usually disguised to appear as part of the natural environment, used by hunters, birdwatchers, etc: US and Canadian equivalent: blind
- See also hideout
- hidable, adjective
- hider, noun
British Dictionary definitions for hide (2 of 3)
the skin of an animal, esp the tough thick skin of a large mammal, either tanned or raw
informal the human skin
Australian and NZ informal impudence
(tr) informal to flog
- hideless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for hide (3 of 3)
an obsolete Brit unit of land measure, varying in magnitude from about 60 to 120 acres
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with hide
In addition to the idioms beginning with hide
- hide and seek
- hide nor hair, neither
- hide one's face
- hide one's head in the sand
- hide one's light under a bushel
- hide out
- cover one's ass (hide)
- tan one's hide
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.