disclose

verb
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

disclose

noun

Definition of disclose (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete

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Other Words from disclose

Verb

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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Verb

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 winning bidders for the intellectual property will be disclosed a couple of days later. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Zoo’s efforts to ‘adopt’ Toys R Us mascot might be a stretch," 13 July 2018 Analysts say that pre-notifying DHS would be valuable in situations where a major vulnerability is about to be publicly disclosed. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Senators Fear Meltdown and Spectre Disclosure Gave China an Edge," 11 July 2018 He was found guilty of second-degree murder in October, but a judge reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial because information about a key witness was not disclosed. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore State's Attorney's Office still assessing whether it will pursue fourth Keith Davis trial," 11 July 2018 The poll was an online survey of registered voters, and the margin of error was not disclosed. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 Where releasing records would merely bring embarrassment or adverse publicity to a corporation or a governmental agency, the records must be disclosed. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "News organizations push for opioid data to be made public," 9 July 2018 But much else about the public reading Sunday of the Declaration of Independence on the spot where its powerful contents were first publicly disclosed 242 years ago was total 18th century. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "'We hold these truths': A reading that never gets old," 8 July 2018 Davis’ campaign quickly pulled the ad after Montague’s past was disclosed by the Kansas GOP. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Employee at shelter housing migrant children faced sexual misconduct allegations," 6 July 2018 The amendments were disclosed on the eve of the committee vote, and railroaded through without any time for debate. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "A revamped California net neutrality bill is moving forward again," 5 July 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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2a

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disclose

Verb

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

Noun

see disclose entry 1

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disclose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disclose

: to make (something) known to the public

disclose

verb
dis·close | \dis-ˈklōz \
disclosed; disclosing

Kids Definition of disclose

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

disclose

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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