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hide 1  (hd)
v. hid (hd), hid·den (hdn) or hid, hid·ing, hides
1. To put or keep out of sight; secrete.
2. To prevent the disclosure or recognition of; conceal: tried to hide the facts.
3. To cut off from sight; cover up: Clouds hid the stars.
4. To avert (ones gaze), especially in shame or grief.
1. To keep oneself out of sight.
2. To seek refuge.
Phrasal Verb:
hide out
To be in hiding, as from a pursuer: The gangsters hid out in a remote cabin until it was safe to return to the city.

[Middle English hiden, from Old English hdan; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: hide1, conceal, secrete2, cache, screen, cloak
These verbs mean to keep from the sight or knowledge of others. Hide and conceal are the most general and are often used interchangeably: I used a throw rug to hide (or conceal) the stain on the carpet. I smiled to hide (or conceal) my hurt feelings.
Secrete and cache involve concealment in a place unknown to others; cache often implies storage for later use: The lioness secreted her cubs in the tall grass. The mountain climbers cached their provisions in a cave.
To screen is to shield or block from the view of others: Tall shrubs screen the actors home from the curious.
To cloak is to conceal something by masking or disguising it: On previously cloaked issues, the Soviets have suddenly become forthcoming (John McLaughlin). See Also Synonyms at block.

hide 2  (hd)
The skin of an animal, especially the thick tough skin or pelt of a large animal.
tr.v. hid·ed, hid·ing, hides
To beat severely; flog.
hide nor hair
A trace; a vestige: havent seen hide nor hair of them since the argument.

[Middle English, from Old English hd; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.]

hide 3  (hd)
An old English measure of land, usually the amount held adequate for one free family and its dependents.

[Middle English, from Old English hd; see kei-1 in Indo-European roots.]

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