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"Disimular" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to hide", and "esconder" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to hide". Learn more about the difference between "disimular" and "esconder" below.
disimular(
dee
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see
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moo
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lahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to hide emotion or thoughts)
a. to hide
Gabriela disimula su tristeza detrás de una sonrisa.Gabriela hides her sadness behind a smile.
b. to conceal
Ricardo intentó disimular su desprecio, pero se notó de todos modos.Ricardo tried to conceal his contempt, but it came through anyway.
2. (to hide a defect)
a. to cover up
Puedes disimular el acné con un poco de maquillaje.You can cover up your acne with a bit of makeup.
b. to hide
Coloréalo con un plumón negro para disimular la raya.Color it with a black marker to hide the scratch.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to dissemble)
a. to pretend
Llevo demasiado tiempo disimulando que no pasa nada. Necesito llorar.I've been pretending nothing's wrong for too long. I need to cry.
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esconder(
ehs
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kohn
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dehr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to keep out of view)
a. to hide
Escondió su regalo debajo de la cama.He hid his gift under the bed.
b. to conceal
Una forma de esconder las arrugas es usando maquillaje.One way to conceal wrinkles is to use make-up.
esconderse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
2. (to keep oneself out of view)
a. to hide oneself
No puedes esconderte del mundo.You can't hide yourself from the world.
b. to conceal oneself
Traté de esconderme detrás de un arbusto.I tried to conceal myself behind a bush.
3. (to be hidden)
a. to hide
Quisiera saber qué se esconde detrás de esa fachada de respetabilidad.I'd like to know what hides beneath that facade of respectability.
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