hide - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlehiding
past tensehid
past participlehidden
  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

      I just want to hide in my room until they all go home.

      hide behind/under/in etc:

      He ran and hid behind a bush.

      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.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to make something difficult or impossible to see clearly

    Marge’s face was hidden by her hair.

    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.

    Ministers will try to hide from the reality of the situation.