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divulge

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verb di·vulge \də-ˈvəlj, dī-\

Simple Definition of divulge

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

Full Definition of divulge

di·vulgeddi·vulg·ing

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

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

di·vul·gence play \-ˈvəl-jən(t)s\ noun

Examples of divulge

  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>



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



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