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[kuh n-seel]
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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.
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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 formscon·ceal·a·ble, adjectivecon·ceal·a·bil·i·ty, nouncon·ceal·ed·ly, adverbcon·ceal·ed·ness, nouncon·ceal·er, nounhalf-con·cealed, adjectivehalf-con·ceal·ing, adjectivepre·con·ceal, verb (used with object)re·con·ceal, verb (used with object)sem·i·con·cealed, adjectivesub·con·cealed, adjectiveun·con·cealed, adjectiveun·con·ceal·ing, adjectiveun·con·ceal·ing·ly, adverbwell-con·cealed, adjective


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1. See hide1.
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Examples from the Web for unconcealed

Historical Examples

  • Blanche's friend regarded him with unconcealed and flattering approval.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Philo Gubb stared at his visitor with unconcealed admiration.

  • A mob of women gazed up at him and its one expression was unconcealed wrath.


    James Huneker

  • Dancing now regarded the operator with unconcealed impatience.

    The Mountain Divide

    Frank H. Spearman

  • She seemed all innocently unaware of his unconcealed disgust.

British Dictionary definitions for unconcealed


  1. (of feelings, attitudes, etc) not hidden or concealed; open
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verb (tr)
  1. to keep from discovery; hide
  2. to keep secret
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Derived Formsconcealable, adjectiveconcealer, nounconcealment, 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 unconcealed



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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