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 disclose (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 The company completed its latest funding round in early 2019, according to a press release that didn’t disclose the amount raised. Sarah Zheng, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2022 The deal with Mizuho Americas could be announced as early as Tuesday, according to the people, who didn’t disclose terms of the deal. Preeti Singh, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022 White, who did not disclose the names of the mother and daughter, said the 13-year-old had a disability, had been adopted, and her mom was trying to give back. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, 29 Dec. 2021 Condo owners are not required to disclose when a pricey assessment has been made or is expected. Cameron Sperance, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Dec. 2021 Head coach Kyle Shanahan, who didn’t disclose which finger was broken or on what hand the injury occurred, spoke with reporters Tuesday afternoon before Mitchell had surgery. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2021 Departments haven’t explicitly tied reopening plans to their testing programs, but they are expected to provide tests for employees who don’t disclose their vaccination status. Wes Venteicher, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Oct. 2021 Emissions data are voluntarily disclosed by all of these companies except for Disney that does not disclose Scope 3 emissions and Tesla that remarkably discloses nothing at the enterprise level. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Justice officials have mulled offering an amnesty to those who voluntarily disclose ties to Chinese military and government institutions, to encourage transparency while avoiding costly and time-consuming prosecutions. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 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, 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of disclose


14th century, in the meaning defined at 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 entry 1

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“Disclose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disclose. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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