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 SeaWorld would not disclose the number of full-time employees still on the payroll, but sources put it at under 80. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Looking to recover, SeaWorld San Antonio staying open through winter," 24 Dec. 2020 The commander, who would not disclose his full name, said that no one is actively shooting but added that the gunman is not in custody. Los Angeles Times, "Woman killed in Whittier mall shooting," 22 Dec. 2020 Coke wouldn't disclose how many employees took those offers. CBS News, "Coca-Cola cutting 2,200 jobs as coronavirus pandemic hurts sales," 18 Dec. 2020 Neither Apple nor Spotify would disclose their number of subscribers in Africa but Chinese company Boomplay has more than 50 million users, 90% of them in Africa. Nell Lewis, CNN, "This startup wants to be the Spotify of Africa," 18 Dec. 2020 The department would not disclose which hospitals received the first shipments due to security concerns. al, "COVID vaccines arrived today at 3 Alabama hospitals," 14 Dec. 2020 The company would not disclose how many of the workers will be impacted. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "Ford to delay launch of new Bronco as pandemic drives parts supply shortages," 7 Dec. 2020 Weeda and Patel wouldn’t disclose prospective buyers. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "Great River's power line gives it leverage in any potential sale," 5 Dec. 2020 Zoom got Apple's nod as the best iPad app of the year, although neither Apple nor Zoom would disclose whether more people used Zoom on an iPad vs. phone and laptops, which is where most people were thought to have their video meetings. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Apple's most downloaded app: Zoom Cloud Meeting ranks No. 1 for iPhone, iPad in 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 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 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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The first known use of disclose was in the 14th century

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30 Dec 2020

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“Disclose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disclose. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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