- 1Give (someone or oneself) a different appearance in order to conceal one’s identity: he disguised himself as a girl Bryn was disguised as a priest (as adjective disguised) a disguised reporterMore example sentences
- She is supposed to have disguised herself as a pauper for a young priest who, out of charity, took her to an inn to feed her.
- In 1671 he and Maria disguised themselves as a parson and his wife. They visited the keeper of the jewels and Maria pretended to faint to cause a distraction.
- In order to reach the river, they'd disguised themselves as servants.
- 1.1Make (something) unrecognizable by altering its appearance, sound, taste, or smell: does holding a handkerchief over the mouthpiece really disguise your voice?More example sentences
- It can make sweet things sweeter, it can disguise unpleasant tastes and smells and it is the most versatile food ingredient known to man.
- ‘Great outfit,’ Joey said disguising his voice with scratchy sounds.
- She disguised her voice to make it sound deeper and manlier, and with the wrap covering her mouth, it made it sound even more muffled.
- 1.2Conceal the nature or existence of (a feeling or situation): he made no effort to disguise his contempt (as adjective disguised) his voice was heavy with barely disguised emotionMore example sentences
- I didn't make an effort to disguise my emotions or hide my tears, which were slowly beginning to fall.
- The judges make no effort to disguise their boredom.
- It's very easy to tell a fun story which disguised my feelings about the most painful moment in my life.
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- 1A means of altering one’s appearance to conceal one’s identity: I put on dark glasses as a disguiseMore example sentences
- More clothes and disguises were needed, debts also needed to be repaid, and tracks covered.
- He is known to alter his appearance through the use of disguises and has travelled extensively through the US, Europe, Canada and Mexico.
- His job was to create disguises, conjuring up such convincing new identities for agents that even their own families were not able to recognize them.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The state of having altered one’s appearance in order to conceal one’s identity: I told them you were a policewoman in disguiseMore example sentences
- He has a secret weapon for cow rustling, then when the farms go broke he appears in disguise with a bagload of cash.
- My understanding was that these reporters concealed their identities and they went in disguise.
- Merlin appears not only as a sorcerer and a wise man but also as a trickster. Constantly, he appears before Arthur in disguise, as a child, a beggar, an old peasant.
- 1.2 [mass noun] The concealing of one’s true intentions or feelings: the children looked at her without disguiseMore example sentences
- And from the storm that swirled a formal nakedness took shape, the truth of disguise and the mask of belief were joined forever.
- Scarlet's childish behavior was only a disguise; her true self was a woman of virtue, courage, honor, and determination.
- The use of religious language, as an expression of a religiously grounded culture, was not a disguise of pre-existing intentions.
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- Main features are the alienation of samples by creating a new visual connection in substance, as well as the disguisement of original motives.
- When of necessity women's underwear was hung on the washline, its disguisement was frequently sought by hanging it upside down.
- But one night, under cover of darkness, and further concealed in a most cunning disguisement, a desperate burglar slid into his happy home, and robbed them all of everything.
Middle English (meaning 'change one's usual style of dress', with no implication of concealing one's identity): from Old French desguisier.