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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒbfʌskeɪt/, /ˈɒbfəskeɪt/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑbfʌskeɪt/, /ˈɑbfəskeɪt/
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- To make dark; to overshadow.
- To deliberately make more confusing in order to conceal the truth.
- obfuscate facts
- Can weakness be really obfuscated?
- Before leaving the scene, the murderer set a fire in order to obfuscate any evidence of his identity.
- 2018 February 13, Anonymous White House Official, “White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser”, in Washington Post:
- When asked if Kelly could have been more transparent or truthful, that official wrote: “In this White House, it’s simply not in our DNA. Truthful and transparent is great, but we don’t even have a coherent strategy to obfuscate.”
- (computing) To alter code while preserving its behavior but concealing its structure and intent.
- We need to obfuscate these classes before we ship the final release.
Conjugation of obfuscate
|present tense||past tense|
|2nd-person singular||obfuscate, obfuscatest†||obfuscated, obfuscatedst†|
|3rd-person singular||obfuscates, obfuscateth†||obfuscated|
- (to make dark): darken, eclipse, overshadow
- (to deliberately make more confusing): confuse, muddle, obscure
- (obsolete) Obfuscated; darkened; obscured.
- 1531, Thomas Elyot, edited by Ernest Rhys, The Boke Named the Governour […] (Everyman’s Library), London: J[oseph] M[alaby] Dent & Co; New York, N.Y.: E[dward] P[ayson] Dutton & Co, published , →OCLC:
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