WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
dis•sem•ble /dɪˈsɛmbəl/USA pronunciation   v. [no object], -bled, -bling. 
  1. to hide or conceal one's true motives or thoughts;
    speak or act hypocritically:You can always tell if he's dissembling; his voice trembles when he lies.
dis•sem•blance, n. [uncountable]
dis•sem•bler, n. [countable]See -semble-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
dis•sem•ble  (di sembəl),USA pronunciation v.,  -bled, -bling. 
  1. to give a false or misleading appearance to;
    conceal the truth or real nature of:to dissemble one's incompetence in business.
  2. to put on the appearance of;
    feign:to dissemble innocence.
  3. [Obs.]to let pass unnoticed;

  1. to conceal one's true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense;
    speak or act hypocritically.
dis•sembler, n. 
dis•sembling•ly, adv. 
  • Latin dissimulāre. See dis-1, simulate
  • alteration (by association with obsolete semble to resemble) of Middle English dissimulen 1490–1500
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mask, hide, camouflage, dissimulate.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

dissemble /dɪˈsɛmbəl/ vb
  1. to conceal (one's real motives, emotions, etc) by pretence
  2. (transitive) to pretend; simulate
Etymology: 15th Century: from earlier dissimulen, from Latin dissimulāre; probably influenced by obsolete semble to resemble

disˈsemblance n disˈsembler n

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