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mask

2 verb
     
mask2 [transitive]
1 if a smell, taste, sound etc is masked by a stronger one, it cannot be noticed because of the stronger one:
Liz turned on a radio to mask the noise.
Air-fresheners mask bad smells instead of removing them.
2 to hide your feelings or the truth about a situation:
Men often mask their true feelings with humour.
3 to cover or hide something so that it cannot be clearly seen:
The new accommodation block has all but masked the original building.

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