Definition of conceal in US English:

conceal

verb

[with object]
  • 1Keep from sight; hide.

    ‘a line of sand dunes concealed the distant sea’
    • ‘Bricks and dirt were spread about in a studied way, as if someone were trying to conceal something beneath.’
    • ‘They said the paintings were in excellent condition but without their frames, and were well concealed in the attic.’
    • ‘It was later found that four million cigarettes had been concealed inside the bales.’
    • ‘The hazard warning lights were on and the bonnet of the car was up, concealing Dr Shankar.’
    • ‘More than once the back of my car was concealing the very people the police sought as they waved me through the roadblock.’
    • ‘It stands in a cutting, and the hotel at the head of the platforms conceals the long, glazed vaults of the train shed.’
    • ‘My dark hair conceals my damp yellow eyes, like a funeral veil that hides a widow's tears.’
    • ‘He sat up in his bed without a shirt on and covers concealing the lower half of his body.’
    • ‘She had her back to me at the time, a strong, beautiful back that was barely concealed.’
    • ‘It was underneath carpet behind a cabinet and was obviously concealed.’
    • ‘No legislation allows that drugs can be concealed in the patients' food.’
    • ‘These have been concealed so that the heat does not affect the temperature inside the boat.’
    • ‘She could not say what clues revealed her body had been concealed there.’
    • ‘Then I proceeded to dig a small ditch and hide them in it, concealed by fallen leaves.’
    • ‘He took the scenic route back to the castle, where no one walked and it was dark, so he was concealed easily.’
    • ‘She carefully picked up two small bottles, concealing one with the other.’
    • ‘Carrying a gun in a vehicle also is illegal because it is considered to be concealed.’
    • ‘Items such as guns, explosives or other harmful materials could be concealed in these.’
    • ‘The room in which was entered was both dead and dark, concealing everything that existed in it.’
    • ‘Obscured from view, a larger tent covered the area where her body was found concealed under straw.’
    hide, keep out of sight, keep hidden, secrete, tuck away
    hidden, not visible, secret, out of sight, unseen, invisible, screened, covered, disguised, camouflaged, obscured
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    1. 1.1 Keep (something) secret; prevent from being known or noticed.
      ‘love that they had to conceal from others’
      • ‘She said he concealed his darker side behind a veneer of respectability in order to hide his true character from adoring fans.’
      • ‘While the movement lost support and membership internally, it was able to conceal this from the public.’
      • ‘The past always haunts, more especially if it is being concealed from people.’
      • ‘The past year has brought to light what so long was concealed under the veil of the German consensus model.’
      • ‘However, this statistic conceals some wider problems.’
      • ‘It is well able to deconstruct political spin and identify truths which are being concealed or denied.’
      • ‘The shocking double life she led was concealed from her workmates and family.’
      • ‘Those were still the days when an illegitimate child was a matter for shame, to be concealed from society if at all possible.’
      • ‘Cross species transmission of disease is not at all new and it is nonsense to suggest that this has been concealed from the public.’
      • ‘Everybody knows everybody so it hard to conceal something like a kidnapping.’
      • ‘But her personal antipathy conceals a more serious matter.’
      • ‘They are adept in concealing their ideological and political agenda in a very attractive and secular-looking package.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Without them, the problem would still be concealed and the public would be in ignorance.’
      • ‘Humankind's deceptive nature is probably the one thing we cannot hide or conceal.’
      • ‘Through Europe, there can be a kind of internationalism in name and law, but one that conceals a more fragmented continent, obsessed with regional concerns.’
      • ‘His contempt for foreigners includes the Englishman, but is carefully concealed.’
      • ‘The effect is to blow away the smokescreen that Big Tobacco created to conceal its darker nature.’
      • ‘Eventually you discover that the complex language of pensions is designed to conceal a very simple reality.’
      hide, cover up, disguise, dissemble, mask, veil
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

conceal

/kənˈsil//kənˈsēl/