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.
- (of feelings, attitudes, etc) not hidden or concealed; open
- to keep from discovery; hide
- to keep secret
v.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.