The Past Tense of Hide: Here’s What It Is and How to Use It

If you have ever been curious about the correct past tense of hide in English grammar, this article will clear that up plus give you a look into the history of the word, the definition, and everything else you could want to learn about the word.

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What Is the Definition of the Word Hide?

The English verb hide is defined as:

  • the skin of an animal whether raw or prepared for use  —used especially of large heavy skins
    • buffalo killed for their hides
    • boots made of cowhide
  • the life or physical well-being of a person 
    • betrayed his friend to save his own hide
  •  to put out of sight: SECRETE
    • hide a key under the doormat
  • to conceal for shelter or protection: SHIELD
    • They hid him from the police.
  • to keep secret 
    • hide the truth
  • to screen from or as if from view: OBSCURE
    • clouds hid the sun
  • to turn (the eyes or face) away in shame or anger
  • to remain out of sight 
    • she hid under the bed—often used with out
    • hiding out from the cops
  • to seek protection or evade responsibility 
    • hides behind his dark glasses, hoping to avoid being recognized

How Do You Conjugate Hide?

Here are the other verb conjugations of the verb hide. Since it’s an irregular verb and isn’t conjugated like other regular verb forms, pay close attention:

Base Form (Infinitive):


Simple Present Tense Third-person Singular (he/she/it):


Simple Past Tense:


Present Participle/Gerund:


Past Participle:


Present Perfect:


The History and Origin of the Word


The Old English word hydan, meaning to hide, conceal, preserve, hide oneself, or to bury a corpse, is from the West Germanic word hudjan from the PIE root keudh meaning to cover or conceal. 


The Old English word hyd, meaning skin of a large animal, from the Old German word hut from PIE root keu, meaning to cover, conceal. You can see the word used in the 12th century meaning skin and complexion. 

There was also another meaning of hide that is now obsolete. It was used in Old English as a hide of land. It comes from the amount of land needed to feed and take care of one’s family. One hundred to one hundred and twenty acres was considered enough but it could be as little as sixty of the land was of high quality. 

Synonyms of Hide

  • Bury- to dispose of by depositing in or as if in the earth 
    • buried their pet rabbit in the backyard
  • Cache-  a hiding place especially for concealing and preserving provisions or implements
  • Conceal- to prevent disclosure or recognition of 
    • conceal the truth
    • She could barely conceal her anger.
  • Ensconce- SHELTER, CONCEAL
    • ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms— Mark Twain
  • Secrete- to deposit or conceal in a hiding place
  • Fur- a piece of the dressed pelt of an animal used to make, trim, or line wearing apparel
  • Leather- animal skin dressed for use
  • Pelt- a usually undressed skin with its hair, wool, or fur 
    • a sheep’s pelt
  • Skin- the integument of an animal (such as a fur-bearing mammal or a bird) separated from the body usually with its hair or feathers

Example Sentences With the Word Hide


  • Clouds hid the sun.
  • We hid the truth.


  • I am going to get your hide. 
  • The hide of the bear was not very soft. 

Examples of the Word in Context

  • He might pretend to cynicism to hide his deep pleasure in it; none the less, he was moved profoundly.
  • And he immediately became flippant, not aloud, but secretly, to hide himself from himself.


Next time you need to write the word hide, you will be well prepared for everything you need to know what it is and how to use it efficiently in the English language. If you are trying to learn English, you should feel confident with the different conjugations, the history of the word, and the definition.