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English definition of “disguise”

disguise

noun [C or U]     /dɪsˈɡaɪz/
B2 something that someone wears to hide their true appearance: He put on a large hat and glasses as a disguise and hoped no one would recognize him.Hiding and disguising in disguise B2 If people, objects, or activities are in disguise, they appear to be something that they are not, especially intentionally: She usually goes out in disguise to avoid being bothered by the public. He claims that most Western aid to the Third World is just colonialism in disguise.Faking and pretending
(Definition of disguise noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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