[kuh n-seel]

verb (used with object)

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

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

Synonyms for conceal

1. See hide1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for well-concealed

Contemporary Examples of well-concealed

  • Several years ago, I visited a well-concealed complex behind a furniture showroom in suburban Seattle.

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    June 23, 2009

Historical Examples of well-concealed

  • But the back room was dark, and the four men there were well-concealed.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • M. Villefort obeyed her in some secret but well-concealed amazement.

    "Le Monsieur De La Petite Dame"

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • The enemy had a very large number of heavy howitzers in well-concealed positions.

    America's War for Humanity

    Thomas Herbert Russell

  • Thus far, Miss Minerva had answered the questions submitted to her with well-concealed indifference.

    Heart and Science

    Wilkie Collins

  • Having placed the guns in position in well-concealed emplacements, he wouldn't send the ammunition along in the open.

British Dictionary definitions for well-concealed


adjective (well concealed when postpositive)

hidden or concealed in a skilful, satisfactory, or careful manner


verb (tr)

to keep from discovery; hide
to keep secret
Derived Formsconcealable, adjectiveconcealer, nounconcealment, noun

Word Origin for conceal

C14: from Old French conceler, from Latin concēlāre, from com- (intensive) + cēlāre to hide
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Word Origin and History for well-concealed



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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