a. To modify the manner or appearance of in order to prevent recognition.
b. To furnish with a disguise.
2. To conceal or obscure by dissemblance or false show; misrepresent: disguise ones true intentions.
a. The act or an instance of disguising.
b. The condition of being disguised.
2. Clothes or accessories worn to conceal ones true identity.
a. Appearance that misrepresents the true character of something: a blessing in disguise.
b. A pretense or misrepresentation: His repeated references to his dangerous hobbies were only a disguise to cover up his insecurity.
[Middle English disguisen, from Old French desguiser : des-, dis- + guise, manner; see guise.]
Synonyms: disguise, camouflage, cloak, dissemble, dissimulate, mask These verbs mean to change or modify so as to conceal the true identity or character of: disguised her interest with nonchalance; trying to camouflage their impatience; cloaked his anxiety with a smile; dissembling ill will with false solicitude; couldnt dissimulate his vanity; ambition that is masked as altruism.
disguise /dsgaz/ v. [T] -guised, -guising, -guises1 to change ones appearance to fool others: The secret agent disguised his identity (or) disguised himself to look like a farmer.2 to hide, cover up: She disguised her evil intentions by pretending to be friendly. n.1 a change of appearance made to hide ones true identity: The robber wore a ski mask as a disguise.2 s.t. that hides the truth, (syn.) a ruse: His friendly manner was just a disguise for his brutal intentions.