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Meaning of disguise

dis•guise

Pronunciation: (dis-gīz', di-skīz'), [key]
— v., n. -guised, -guis•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to change the appearance or guise of so as to conceal identity or mislead, as by means of deceptive garb: The king was disguised as a peasant.
  2. to conceal or cover up the truth or actual character of by a counterfeit form or appearance; misrepresent: to disguise one's intentions.
—n.
  1. that which disguises; something that serves or is intended for concealment of identity, character, or quality; a deceptive covering, condition, manner, etc.: Noble words can be the disguise of base intentions.
  2. the makeup, mask, costume, or overall changed appearance of an entertainer: a clown's disguise.
  3. the act of disguising: to speak without disguise.
  4. the state of being disguised; masquerade: The gods appeared in disguise.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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