Definition of conceal in English:


Syllabification: con·ceal
Pronunciation: /kənˈsēl


[with object]
  • 1Keep from sight; hide: a line of sand dunes concealed the distant sea
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    • My dark hair conceals my damp yellow eyes, like a funeral veil that hides a widow's tears.
    • She carefully picked up two small bottles, concealing one with the other.
    • The room in which was entered was both dead and dark, concealing everything that existed in it.
    hide, screen, cover, obscure, block out, blot out, mask, shroud, secretehidden, not visible, out of sight, invisible, covered, disguised, camouflaged, obscured; private, secret
  • 1.1Keep (something) secret; prevent from being known or noticed: love that they had to conceal from others
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    • The problem for me is how unfreedom is hidden, concealed in precisely what is presented to us as new freedoms.
    • The knowledge of this has always been there, but it's been half hidden, concealed for its own good.
    • Humankind's deceptive nature is probably the one thing we cannot hide or conceal.
    hide, cover up, disguise, mask, veil; keep secret, draw a veil over; suppress, repress, bottle up
    informal keep a lid on, keep under one's hat



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  • No rifle is as portable and concealable as a good handgun.
  • Likewise, the Indonesian public was kept in the dark until the end of last month when the news was no longer concealable.
  • Gavin had involuntarily become one of the scouts, his mark easily concealable on his neck.


Middle English: from Old French conceler, from Latin concelare, from con- 'completely' + celare 'hide'.

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