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verb di·vulge \də-ˈvəlj, dī-\

Simple Definition of divulge

  • : to make (information) known : to give (information) to someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of divulge


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to make public :  proclaim

  3. 2 :  to make known (as a confidence or secret)

divulgence play \-ˈvəl-jən(t)s\ noun

Examples of divulge in a sentence

  1. The company will not divulge its sales figures.

  2. <we tried to make him divulge the name of the winner, but he wouldn't budge>

Did You Know?

It isn't vulgar to make known the roots of divulge - and that sentence contains two hints about the word's origin. "Divulge" was borrowed into Middle English in the 15th century from Latin divulgare, a word that combines the prefix dis-, which meant "apart" or "in different directions" in Latin, with vulgare, meaning "to make known." "Vulgare," in turn, derives from the Latin noun vulgus, meaning "mob" or "common people. As you have no doubt guessed, English "vulgar" is another word which can be traced back to "vulgus"; it came into use about a century before "divulge."

Origin of divulge

Middle English, from Latin divulgare, from dis- + vulgare to make known, from vulgus mob

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of divulge

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>.

Rhymes with divulge

DIVULGE Defined for Kids


verb di·vulge \də-ˈvəlj, dī-\

Definition of divulge for Students


  1. :  to make known to others :  reveal, disclose <divulge a secret>

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