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Definitions for disguise
dɪsˈgaɪz, dɪˈskaɪzdis·guise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disguise, camouflagenoun

    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something

    "the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"

  2. disguisenoun

    any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity

  3. disguise, camouflageverb

    the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance

    "he is a master of disguise"

  4. disguise, maskverb

    make unrecognizable

    "The herb masks the garlic taste"; "We disguised our faces before robbing the bank"


  1. disguisenoun

    An attire (e.g. clothing) used to hide one's identity or assume another.

    That cape and mask complete his disguise

  2. disguisenoun

    The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.

  3. disguisenoun

    The act of disguising, notably as a ploy

    Any disguise may expose soldiers to be deemed enemy spies

  4. disguiseverb

    To change the appearance of (a person or thing) so as to hide, or to assume an identity.

    Spies often disguise themselves.

  5. disguiseverb

    To prevent giving away or revealing (something secret).

    He disguised his true intentions.

  6. Etymology: disgisen, disguisen, borrowed from desguiser (modern déguiser), itself derived from des- "dis-" (from dis-) + guise "guise" (from a Germanic source).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disguiseverb

    to change the guise or appearance of; especially, to conceal by an unusual dress, or one intended to mislead or deceive

  2. Disguiseverb

    to hide by a counterfeit appearance; to cloak by a false show; to mask; as, to disguise anger; to disguise one's sentiments, character, or intentions

  3. Disguiseverb

    to affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate

  4. Disguisenoun

    a dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception; as, persons doing unlawful acts in disguise are subject to heavy penalties

  5. Disguisenoun

    artificial language or manner assumed for deception; false appearance; counterfeit semblance or show

  6. Disguisenoun

    change of manner by drink; intoxication

  7. Disguisenoun

    a masque or masquerade

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disguise

    dis-gīz′, v.t. to change the guise or appearance of: to conceal by a dress intended to deceive, or by a counterfeit manner and appearance: to intoxicate (usually 'disguised in liquor')—n. a dress intended to conceal the wearer: a false appearance: change of behaviour in intoxication.—adv. Disguis′edly.—ns. Disguis′edness; Disguise′ment; Disguis′er; Disguis′ing. [O. Fr. desguiserdes, neg., guise, manner, guise.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. disguise

    Ships in all times have been permitted to assume disguise to impose upon enemies, and obtain from countries in their possession commodities of which they stand in need.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disguise in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disguise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of disguise in a Sentence

  1. Mike Newlin:

    Genius is perseverence in disguise.

  2. Rory horgan-gaul:

    The best disguise is to be yourself.

  3. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    Truth typically arrives when it’s unexpected. Those carrying a lie live with anticipation the truth will eventually smack them in the face. There is no need gaze over the shoulder, as truth doesn’t hide or require a disguise.

  4. Proverb:

    If the devil is going to disguise himself, it will be as a monk or a lawyer.

  5. Chasten Buttigieg:

    The rain location may be a blessing in disguise because there is such symbolic power in that building and you can see in it the past, the present and the future, i talk so much about how we're not looking to turn back the clock and it's not about retrieving some impossible again. That building is kind of a living symbol of all of that.

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  • تمويهArabic
  • дегизиране, маскирам, прикривам, маскиранеBulgarian
  • převlekCzech
  • Tarnung, verstellen, VerkleidungGerman
  • pantalla, tapadera, disfraz, disfrazarSpanish
  • naamiointi, valepuku, peittää, naamioitua, salata, naamioida, valeasuFinnish
  • déguisement, déguiserFrench
  • הסווהHebrew
  • भेषHindi
  • álca, álruha, álcázHungarian
  • velizarIdo
  • 変装Japanese
  • преправа, затскрива, прикрива, престоруваMacedonian
  • verbergen, verhullen, maskeren, vermomming, momDutch
  • forkledningNorwegian
  • disfarçar, disfarce, esconderPortuguese
  • deghiza, mascare, deghizare, mascaRomanian
  • замаскироваться, скрыть, маскировка, скрывать, маскироватьсяRussian
  • மறைக்கTamil
  • 伪装Chinese

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    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • A. summon
    • B. denudate
    • C. efface
    • D. abhor

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