disclose

verb
dis·​close | \ dis-ˈklōz How to pronounce disclose (audio) \
disclosed; disclosing; discloses

Definition of disclose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make known or public would not disclose his salary
b : to expose to view
c archaic : hatch
2 obsolete : to open up

disclose

noun

Definition of disclose (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete

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Verb

discloser noun, plural disclosers
disclosable \ dis-​ˈklō-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce disclosable (audio) \ adjective
… I shall go into Mexico with a pretty definite purpose, which, however, is not at present disclosable. — Ambrose Bierce … he and most of the other area lawmakers contacted said any eventual solution should not result in every document they generate or receive becoming a disclosable record. The Daily Herald (Everett, Washington)

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Verb

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

Examples of disclose in a Sentence

Verb He refused to disclose the source of his information. The company has disclosed that it will be laying off thousands of workers later this year. The identity of the victim has not yet been disclosed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Data on its fintech profits are hard to ascertain, yet information disclosed by Alibaba shows that Ant Financial was unprofitable last year, so Tencent could be in a similar boat. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Tencent Should Be Split Up," 12 Nov. 2019 As part of the confidential exchange of documents during the litigation, Purdue disclosed something extraordinary: the company knew that OxyContin did not provide 12 hours of pain relief. Alexander Egilman, STAT, "Confidentiality orders in drug, device lawsuits harm patients and the public," 11 Nov. 2019 But the ratings are subjective — varying by state and the interpretations of individual inspectors — and are not always publicly disclosed. Michelle Minkoff, The Denver Post, "Thousands face risk because of aging U.S. dams, including some in Colorado, AP finds," 10 Nov. 2019 As of Sunday afternoon, officials did not know the conditions of the victims or disclose what led to the crash. Gwendolyn Wu, Houston Chronicle, "Life Flight requested after single vehicle crash in Willowbrook," 10 Nov. 2019 The law says that even the ICIG may disclose the person’s identity if the IGIC (a) believes doing so is unavoidable under the circumstances, or (b) makes disclosure to the Justice Department in anticipation of a prosecution. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Right to Confrontation: The Latest Bogus Legal Argument over the ‘Whistleblower’," 7 Nov. 2019 Khan remains on the run, and did not disclose his location to Fox News. Fox News, "One of FBI's Most Wanted fugitives offers surrender," 7 Nov. 2019 Another question is whether litigants should disclose their use of third-party funding before proceedings begin. The Economist, "Litigation finance faces ethical quandaries," 7 Nov. 2019 The investigation, which had not been previously disclosed, has been underway for more than a year. Brian Fung, CNN, "Facebook is being investigated by California for privacy violations," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s no reason that more aggressive disclose of vulnerabilities through the VEP would change such activities. Sam Biddle, The Intercept, "The NSA’s Lost Digital Weapon Is Helping Hijack Computers Around the World," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of disclose

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1b

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disclose

Verb and Noun

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

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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of disclose was in the 14th century

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disclose

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of disclose

: to make (something) known to the public

disclose

verb
dis·​close | \ dis-ˈklōz How to pronounce disclose (audio) \
disclosed; disclosing

Kids Definition of disclose

: to make known : reveal A friend doesn't disclose secrets.
dis·​close | \ dis-ˈklōz How to pronounce disclose (audio) \

Legal Definition of disclose

: to make known or reveal to another or to the public

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