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

Today, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh has publicly disclosed a serious zero-day vulnerability for the Zoom video conferencing app on Macs. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Serious Zoom security flaw could let websites hijack Mac cameras," 9 July 2019 Jarvis has not disclosed a relationship to Evans on lobbying disclosure forms. Steve Thompson, Washington Post, "Ahead of vote on gambling contract, new questions on lobbyist’s work with D.C. Council member Jack Evans," 7 July 2019 The bodies are believed to be homicide victims, police said in a press conference, but the causes of death have not been disclosed. Fox News, "Five people found dead in St. Louis building," 6 July 2019 Contracts cannot be signed until noon on Saturday and the final details of the agreements have not yet been disclosed. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic’s agreements with Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross cement long-term plan for Orlando," 30 June 2019 Billboard reported on June 30 that the deal was reportedly made for over $300 million, though no further details have been disclosed. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Responds to Scooter Braun's Acquisition of Former Record Label, Big Machine Label Group," 30 June 2019 Prosecutors have not disclosed what information led to Famania’s May 15 arrest or the subsequent charges. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ex-teacher at San Diego charter school pleads guilty to lewd act with student," 28 June 2019 The consequences of being placed on China’s entity list haven’t been disclosed yet, but for FedEx, which draws around 7% of its revenue from China, the setback could be significant. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "'We Are Not Law Enforcement:' FedEx Sues the Commerce Department Over Huawei Export Rules," 25 June 2019 Investigators have not disclosed the name of the suspect since his arrest Friday evening in the 1500 block of Northwest 11th Circle in Pompano Beach. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Boy, 16, accused in shooting of teen rapper C Glizzy outside Pompano convenience store," 25 June 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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