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mask

noun [C] uk   /mɑːsk/ us    /mæsk/

mask noun [C] (FACE COVER)

B2 a covering for all or part of the face that protects, hides, or decorates the person wearing it: a gas mask a surgical mask The bank robbers wore masks throughout the raid.

mask noun [C] (APPEARANCE/ BEHAVIOUR)

appearance or behaviour that hides the truth: The newspaper revealed the sordid truth behind his mask of respectability.

mask

verb [T] uk   /mɑːsk/ us    /mæsk/
to prevent something from being seen or noticed: I've put some flowers in there to mask the smell.
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