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



Definition of disclose (Entry 2 of 2)


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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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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 In a state court affidavit filed in Florida and obtained by CNN, Vázquez allegedly sent the victim photos and a video from his cell phone on July 16, but did not disclose his face. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Felipe Vázquez Accused of Soliciting a Child for Unlawful Sexual Conduct," 17 Sep. 2019 The deal is the official culmination of negotiations first reported in May. Financial terms of the naming-rights deal were not disclosed. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Rams win, Chargers lose," 16 Sep. 2019 The letter asked Schwartz to clarify why the money was not disclosed in the original report. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Steve Chabot's campaign treasurer didn't know he was treasurer," 9 Sep. 2019 The financial terms of the deal, which Netflix struck with distributor Sony Pictures Television, were not disclosed. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'Seinfeld' is heading to Netflix in 2021," 16 Sep. 2019 Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "USMNT's Sergiño Dest Extends Ajax Contract Through 2021-22," 13 Sep. 2019 The information was released after a police union leader disclosed it first at a public school board meeting earlier in the day. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "Boyle Heights parents wonder why it took two weeks to find out a boy was shot at school," 11 Sep. 2019 Peter Schorsch, the president of the company that publishes the Florida Politics website that first disclosed the relationship, has been critical of Farmer. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward lawmaker in line to lead Senate Democrats is in relationship with lobbyist paid to influence Florida Legislature," 9 Sep. 2019 The Google researchers reported those flaws to Apple on February 1 with a seven-day deadline for Apple to fix before Google publicly disclosed them. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Armed with iOS 0days, hackers indiscriminately infected iPhones for two years," 30 Aug. 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


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


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

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English Language Learners Definition of disclose

: to make (something) known to the public


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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to spread as a report or rumor

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