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

Definition of disclose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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



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


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

And in some emergency surgeries, patients might not be in a position to disclose their cannabis use ahead of time. Kate Ruder, chicagotribune.com, "If you smoke pot, your anesthesiologist needs to know," 5 Aug. 2019 Thursday, September 12, and Friday, September 13—the location has yet to be disclosed. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Here's All of the 2020 Presidential Election Dates to Mark on Your Calendar," 30 July 2019 In 2018, a judge found that Brewer had failed to disclose the Texas fine in an N.R.A. suit against an insurance broker in Virginia. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, "New Documents Raise Ethical and Billing Concerns About the N.R.A.’s Outside Counsel," 30 July 2019 In 2018, a judge found that Brewer had failed to disclose the Texas fine in an NRA suit against an insurance broker in Virginia. Mike Spies, ProPublica, "New Documents Raise Ethical and Billing Concerns About the NRA’s Outside Counsel," 30 July 2019 Senate investigators, meanwhile, have determined that Wehrum failed to disclose three court clients that should have been listed on his ethics recusal statement, including the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, "EPA’s watchdog is scrutinizing ethics practices of agency’s former air policy chief," 22 July 2019 Federal prosecutors also said Reznick cheated on his taxes, failing to disclose his income from the sales of the guns and ammo. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, "Former village police chief sentenced to prison in firearms scheme," 18 July 2019 Morgan, the former head of ICE, differed to disclose details about the raids. Fox News, "ICE deportation raids underway in New York City, 'number of jurisdictions,' official says," 14 July 2019 Even though the purchase price wasn’t material enough to be disclosed, sales conversion rates for shoppers using the service have tripled. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Beauty Sector’s Uglier Stocks Deserve Second Look," 12 July 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 2a


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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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.


transitive verb
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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