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disclose

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verb dis·close \dis-ˈklōz\

Simple Definition of disclose

  • : to make (something) known to the public

Full Definition of disclose

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to open up

  3. 2 a :  to expose to view b archaic :  hatch c :  to make known or public <demands that politicians disclose the sources of their income>

dis·clos·er noun

Examples of disclose

  1. He refused to disclose the source of his information.

  2. The company has disclosed that it will be laying off thousands of workers later this year.

  3. The identity of the victim has not yet been disclosed.



Origin of disclose

Middle English, from Anglo-French desclos-, stem of desclore to open, unlock, reveal, from Medieval Latin disclaudere, from Latin dis- + claudere to close — more at close


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of disclose

reveal, disclose, divulge, tell, betray mean to make known what has been or should be concealed. reveal may apply to supernatural or inspired revelation of truths beyond the range of ordinary human vision or reason <divine will as revealed in sacred writings>. disclose may imply a discovering but more often an imparting of information previously kept secret <candidates must disclose their financial assets>. divulge implies a disclosure involving some impropriety or breach of confidence <refused to divulge an anonymous source>. tell implies an imparting of necessary or useful information <told them what he had overheard>. betray implies a divulging that represents a breach of faith or an involuntary or unconscious disclosure <a blush that betrayed her embarrassment>.

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disclose

noun dis·close

Definition of disclose

obsolete

  1. :  disclosure



1548

First Known Use of disclose

1548



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