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verb hide pronunciation in American English /haɪd/
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he/she/ithides
present participlehiding
past tensehid
past participlehidden
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to put something in a place so that no one can find or see it
    hide something in/at/under etc. something: She hid the key in the drawer.
    hide something from someone: I wanted to hide his present from him until his birthday.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to go or be somewhere where no one can find you or see you
      hide behind/under/in etc.: He ran and hid behind a bush.
      I just want to hide in my room until they all go home.
      hide from: Robert is hiding from us.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to help someone stay in a place where other people cannot find them or see them
      hide someone from someone: She had helped an army deserter by hiding him from the military police.
    3. c.
      [intransitive] mainly spoken to be in a place that is difficult to find or see
      There was a piece of moldy cheese hiding at the back of the fridge.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to make something difficult or impossible to see clearly
    Marge’s face was hidden by her hair.
    Dark clouds hid the sun.
    hide something from sight/view: She watched until a bend in the road hid them from sight.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to not allow people to know what you are thinking or feeling
    I knew I had to hide my feelings.
    can’t hide something: He could not hide his disappointment.
    hide a smile: She hid a smile as she watched him struggle.
    1. a.
      to not allow people to find out about something
      hide the truth: I never hid the truth, least of all from you.
      hide something from someone: How had he managed to hide his addiction from his family?
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to try not to accept something or not to be affected by something
    hide from: You can’t hide from your feelings forever.
    Some parents may try to hide from the reality of the situation.

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