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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: desguiser, from guise 'appearance'

disguise

1 verb
     
dis‧guise1 [transitive]
1 to change someone's appearance so that people cannot recognize them
disguise yourself as somebody/something
Maybe you could disguise yourself as a waiter and sneak in there.
He escaped across the border disguised as a priest.
2 to change the appearance, sound, taste etc of something so that people do not recognize it:
There's no way you can disguise that southern accent.
disguise something as something
a letter bomb disguised as a musical greetings card
3 to hide a fact or feeling so that people will not notice it:
Try as he might, Dan couldn't disguise his feelings for Katie.
The speech was seen by many as a thinly disguised attack on the president.

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