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cloak

noun uk   /kləʊk/ us    /kloʊk/

cloak noun (PIECE OF CLOTHING)

[C] a loose outer piece of clothing without sleeves, that fastens at the neck, and is worn instead of a coat

cloak noun (HIDE)

[S or U] something that hides, covers, or keeps something else secret: The restaurant he owned was just a cloak for (= hid) his drug-dealing activities. They left the house under cloak of darkness.

cloak

verb [T] uk   /kləʊk/ us    /kloʊk/
to cover or hide something: He has always kept his love affairs cloaked in secrecy (= kept them secret). The river is often cloaked in mist in the early morning.
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