disguise


disguise
dis|guise1 [dısˈgaız] v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: desguiser, from guise 'appearance']
1.) to change someone's appearance so that people cannot recognize them
disguise yourself as sb/sth
Maybe you could disguise yourself as a waiter and sneak in there.
He escaped across the border disguised as a priest.
2.) to change the appearance, sound, taste etc of something so that people do not recognize it
There's no way you can disguise that southern accent.
disguise sth as sth
a letter bomb disguised as a musical greetings card
3.) to hide a fact or feeling so that people will not notice it
Try as he might, Dan couldn't disguise his feelings for Katie.
disguise the fact (that)
There's no disguising the fact that business is bad.
The speech was seen by many as a thinly disguised attack on the president.
disguise 2
disguise2 n
1.) [U and C]
something that you wear to change your appearance and hide who you are, or the act of wearing this
His disguise didn't fool anyone.
She wore dark glasses in an absurd attempt at disguise.
2.) in disguise
a) wearing a disguise
The woman in the park turned out to be a police officer in disguise.
b) made to seem like something else that is better
'Tax reform' is just a tax increase in disguise.
blessing in disguise atblessing

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • disguise — I noun artifice, camouflage, caricature, cloak, concealment counterfeit, cover, covering, deception, deceptive covering, dissimulation, facade, faking, false appearance, false colors, false copy, false front, guise, hiding, imitation, mask,… …   Law dictionary

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