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"disguise" in British English

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disguiseverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪsˈɡaɪz/
B2 to give a new ​appearance to a ​person or thing, ​especially in ​order to ​hideitstrueform: He disguised himself by ​wearing a ​falsebeard. Minor ​skinimperfections can usually be disguised with a ​spot of ​make-up. We ​tried to disguise the ​fact that it was just a ​schoolhall by putting up ​colouredlights and ​balloons.C2 to ​hide an ​opinion, a ​feeling, etc.: I couldn't disguise my ​disappointment.

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disguisenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /dɪsˈɡaɪz/
B2 something that someone ​wears to ​hidetheirtrueappearance: He put on a ​largehat and ​glasses as a disguise and ​hoped no one would ​recognize him.in disguise B2 If ​people, ​objects, or ​activities are in disguise, they ​appear to be something that they are not, ​especiallyintentionally: She usually goes out in disguise to ​avoid being ​bothered by the ​public. He ​claims that most ​Westernaid to the Third World is just ​colonialism in disguise.
(Definition of disguise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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disguiseverb [T]

 us   /dɪsˈɡɑɪz/
to give a new ​appearance to a ​person or thing, esp. in ​order to ​hideitstrueform: His ​mask doesn’t disguise his ​identity. I ​think Mom could disguise her ​voicebetter than you could disguise yours. To disguise an ​opinion, ​feeling, etc., is to ​hide it: I couldn’t disguise my ​unhappiness at this ​decision.
disguise
noun [C/U]  us   /dɪsˈɡɑɪz/
[U] In Shakespeare’s ​plays, many ​charactersappear in disguise.
(Definition of disguise from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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