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

transitive verb

: to make known or public
would not disclose his salary
: to expose to view
archaic : hatch
obsolete : to open up
discloser noun
plural disclosers
disclosable 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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Choose the Right Synonym for disclose

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Franklin did not disclose what evidence was seized in the search of the home. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 17 May 2023 Police did not disclose what led to the stop, but said two loaded handguns were found. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2023 The seller, however, didn’t disclose that there was a pickleball home next door with loud pickleball tournaments on weekends. Christopher A. Combs, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2023 The movement, which has yet to settle on a candidate, is funded by $70 million from donors whose names the group refuses to disclose. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 13 May 2023 Albertsons disclosed in a regulatory filing in April the two companies are willing to part with as many as 650 stores. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, 11 May 2023 Musk, who bought Twitter last year, didn't disclose the name of the new CEO. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 11 May 2023 In all, there are about 550 people working for LeachGarner in Attleboro, including people who don’t work in manufacturing and may include temps employed by staffing agencies, according to the EEOC, which did not disclose pay figures. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2023 The girl, whose name is not disclosed in the lawsuit, is autistic and will not be testifying. Rafael Olmeda South Florida Sun Sentinel (tns), al, 10 May 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use


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


1548, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Disclose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disclose. Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to make known
disclose secrets
discloser noun

Legal Definition


transitive verb
dis·​close dis-ˈklōz How to pronounce disclose (audio)
: to make known or reveal to another or to the public

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