dis·​close | \dis-ˈklōz \
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 \ 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

The bug was disclosed to Facebook and resolved in May. In technical terms, the attack is a cross-site request forgery, using a legitimate Facebook login in unauthorized ways. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 While having a kink is generally becoming more accepted, disclosing one can still be scary. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "8 Signs a Sex Therapist Might Improve Your Life (and How to Find One)," 26 Oct. 2018 Later, after the livestream had concluded, Intel fleshed out the remaining members of the K-series parts, and disclosed the price and performance of the X-series parts. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel debuts 9th-generation Core chips, including Core i9 and X-series parts, with a few twists," 8 Oct. 2018 The Ivanka Trump brand is a private business and doesn't publicly disclose finances, but its sales at retailers like Amazon, Macy's Bloomingdales, and Zappos fell by 43 percent in the past year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ivanka Trump's Fashion Brand Is Shutting Down," 24 July 2018 The company behind Big Bird and Elmo and the billion-dollar for-profit company known for school textbooks both declined to disclose the financial terms. Fox News, "Big move for Big Bird: Sesame Street moving into classrooms," 19 July 2018 Related The decision to fold Recode into Vox comes more than three years after Vox Media announced the acquisition of the media and technology site in an all-stock deal whose financial terms weren’t disclosed. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Recode Tech and Media Website to Be Folded Into Vox.com," 1 Nov. 2018 Terms of Evergreen’s sale to Transom Capital weren’t disclosed. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "New L.A.-based owner of Gene Juarez salons wants to expand," 15 Oct. 2018 Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a person familiar with the acquisition said Walmart will pay $100 million for Eloquii, or about 2.5 to three times annual revenue. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Walmart plans to acquire plus-sized fashion startup Eloquii for $100 million," 2 Oct. 2018

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


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 \
disclosed; disclosing

Kids Definition of disclose

: to make known : reveal A friend doesn't disclose secrets.


transitive verb
dis·​close | \dis-ˈklōz \

Legal Definition of disclose 

: to make known or reveal to another or to the public

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