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Hide (third-person singular simple present hides, present participle hiding, simple past hid, past participle hidden)

  1. (transitive) To put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight.
    He hides his magazines under the bed.
    The politicians were accused of keeping information hidden from the public.
    • 1856: Gustave Flaubert , Madame Bovary , Part III Chapter XI, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
      The blind man, whom he had not been able to cure with the pomade, had gone back to the hill of Bois-Guillaume, where he told the travellers of the vain attempt of the druggist, to such an extent, that Homais when he went to town hid himself behind the curtains of the "Hirondelle" to avoid meeting him.
  2. (intransitive) To put oneself in a place where one will be harder to find or out of sight.



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Hide (plural Hides)
  1. (countable) The skin of an animal.
  2. (countable) (mainly British) A covered structure from which hunters, birdwatchers, etc can observe animals without scaring them.
  3. A medieval land measure equal to the amount of land that could sustain one free family; usually 100 acres. Forty hides equalled a barony.


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Adjectives for Hide

tawny; spotted; shaggy; strange-colored; swarthy; horny; silken; callous; precious; crafty; withered; tanned.

Adverbs for Hide

effectually; obscurely; modestly; instinctively; completely; craftily; skillfully; subtly; avariciously.


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Etymology 1

Middle English hiden, from Old English hȳdan (a weak verb; strong endings in modern English come by analogy with ride etc.), from Proto-Germanic *hūdijanan (cf. Low German (ver)hüen, Swedish hysa), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keudh- (cf. Welsh cuddio 'to hide', Ancient Greek keúthein 'to conceal', Sanskrit kuharam 'cave'), from *(s)keu- 'to cover'. More at sky.

Etymology 2

From Old English hȳd, from Proto-Germanic *hūdiz (cf. West Frisian hûd, Dutch huid, German Haut), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-t- 'skin, hide' (cf. Welsh cwd 'scrotum', Latin cutis 'skin', Lithuanian kutỹs 'purse, money-belt', Ancient Greek κύτος (kýtos) 'hollow vessel', skŷtos 'cover, hide'), from *(s)keu- 'to cover'. More at sky.



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