hide

You can hide your feelings or you can hide your mom’s birthday present. You can even hide yourself if you need to avoid someone. Whatever it is, when you hide something, you put it out of sight.

Hide can mean that you keep something secret, like the way you really feel about your dad’s meatloaf. You can also hide something physical. If you spill juice on your white sofa, you can hide the stain with a pillow. Sometimes people hide also — that means the person stays out of sight. A bankrobber will hide from the police, or you might hide from your mom to avoid doing the dishes.

Primary Meanings of hide

1.
v
prevent from being seen or discovered
2.
nv
the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)
cover as if with a shroud
Full Definitions of hide
1

v prevent from being seen or discovered

“Muslim women hide their faces”
hide the money”
Synonyms:
conceal
Antonyms:
show
make visible or noticeable
Types:
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veil
to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil
secrete
place out of sight; keep secret
block, obstruct
shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
cover
spread over a surface to conceal or protect
bosom
hide in one's bosom
bury
cover from sight
cover, cover up
hide from view or knowledge
harbor, harbour, shield
hold back a thought or feeling about
becloud, befog, cloud, fog, haze over, mist, obnubilate, obscure
make less visible or unclear
disguise, mask
make unrecognizable
sweep under the rug
to conceal something in the hopes it won't be discovered by others
lurk, skulk
lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
cloak, dissemble, mask
hide under a false appearance
dissimulate
hide (feelings) from other people
masquerade
take part in a masquerade
gloss over, hush up, sleek over, whitewash
cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
overshadow
cast a shadow upon
camouflage
disguise by camouflaging; exploit the natural surroundings to disguise something

v make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

“a hidden message”
Synonyms:
blot out, obliterate, obscure, veil
efface, obliterate
remove completely from recognition or memory
Types:
mystify
make mysterious
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v be or go into hiding; keep out of sight, as for protection and safety

“Probably his horse would be close to where he was hiding
“She is hiding out in a cabin in Montana”
Synonyms:
hide out
Types:
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lie low
to try to avoid detection especially by police
stow away
hide aboard a ship or a plane to get free transportation
hunker down
take shelter
hole up
remain secluded or in hiding
lie low
keep a low profile, try to be inconspicuous
earth
hide in the earth like a hunted animal
2

n the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)

Synonyms:
fell
Types:
cowhide
the hide of a cow
goatskin
the hide of a goat
rawhide
untanned hide especially of cattle; cut in strips it is used for whips and ropes
Type of:
animal skin
the outer covering of an animal

n body covering of a living animal

Synonyms:
pelt, skin
Type of:
body covering
any covering for the body or a body part

v cover as if with a shroud

Synonyms:
cover, enshroud, shroud
Type of:
enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap
enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering

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