Disguise definition

dĭs-gīz
The state of being disguised.
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Clothes or accessories worn to conceal one's true identity.
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(obs.) To alter or disfigure.
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Disguise is defined as a costume that hides your identity.

An example of disguise is a mask.

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

Spies often disguise themselves.

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To make appear, sound, etc. different from usual so as to be unrecognizable.

To disguise one's voice.

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To hide or obscure the existence or real nature of.

To disguise an emotion.

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Attire (e.g. clothing, makeup) used to hide one's identity or assume another.

That cape and mask complete his disguise.

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The definition of disguise is something that hides the truth.

An example of disguise is a bad thing that really meant something good.

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Disguise means to change someone or something to hide its identity or true feelings.

An example of disguise is to dress someone in a wig and dark glasses.

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To conceal or obscure by dissemblance or false show; misrepresent.

Disguise one's true intentions.

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To modify the manner or appearance of (a person, for example) in order to prevent recognition.

Disguised himself as a guard and escaped.

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To make indistinct or difficult to perceive.

Disguised the bad taste of the medicine with lemon syrup.

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Appearance that misrepresents the true character of something.

A blessing in disguise.

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A pretense or misrepresentation.

His repeated references to his dangerous hobbies were only a disguise to cover up his insecurity.

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(figuratively) The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.
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The act of disguising, notably as a ploy.

Any disguise may expose soldiers to be deemed enemy spies.

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(archaic) To affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate.
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Any clothes, equipment, manner, etc. used for disguising.
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To avoid giving away or revealing (something secret); to hide by a false appearance.

He disguised his true intentions.

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The act or practice of disguising.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
disguise
Plural:
disguises

Origin of disguise

  • Middle English disguisen from Old French desguiser des- dis- guise manner guise

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English disgisen, disguisen, borrowed from Old French desguiser (modern déguiser), itself derived from des- (“dis-”)" (from Latin dis-) + guise (“guise”) (from a Germanic source).

    From Wiktionary