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Meaning of DISSEMBLE

Pronunciation:  di'sembul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make believe; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
  2. [v]  behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"
  3. [v]  hide under a false appearance

DISSEMBLE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: act, affect, cloak, feign, mask, pretend, pretend, sham
 See Also: assume, belie, bull, bullshit, disguise, fake, feign, misrepresent, mouth, play possum, sham, simulate, take a dive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*sem"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dissembled}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Dissembling}.] [OF. dissembler to be
    dissimilar; pref. dis- (L. dis-) + F. sembler to seem, L.
    simulare to simulate; cf. L. dissimulare to dissemble. See
    {Simulate}, and cf. {Dissimulate}.]
    1. To hide under a false semblance or seeming; to feign
       (something) not to be what it really is; to put an untrue
       appearance upon; to disguise; to mask.
             Dissemble all your griefs and discontents. --Shak.
             Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love, But --
             why did you kick me down stairs?      --J. P.
    2. To put on the semblance of; to make pretense of; to
       simulate; to feign.
             He soon dissembled a sleep.           --Tatler.
    Syn: To conceal; disguise; cloak; cover; equivocate. See
  2. \Dis*sem"ble\, v. i.
    To conceal the real fact, motives, ?tention, or sentiments,
    under some pretense; to assume a false appearance; to act the
          He that hateth dissembleth with his lips. --Prov. xxvi.
          He [an enemy] dissembles when he assumes an air of
          friendship.                              --C. J. Smith.