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)


Other Words from disclose


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Opponents have argued that the bill would interfere with a parent’s right to choose what’s best for their child and that, in the case of a rare serious reaction, could lead to a delay in treatment if the child does not disclose they were vaccinated. Melody Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Although these products require the mining of metals which makes Materials Sourcing & Efficiency a material issue, an issue on which Tesla does not disclose. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 While Axiom did not publicly disclose how much its first cohort of private astronauts shelled out for the AX-1 mission, the Washington Post reported that each crew member dished out $55 million for the flight. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 White did not disclose details of the gun used in the shooting, the guns retrieved, or the number of shots fired, because the prosecutor's office was still reviewing the case. Andrea May Sahouri, Detroit Free Press, 1 Aug. 2022 Beyond the $150,000 donation from Trump's Save America PAC, Secure MI Vote's operation is largely funded by other conservative groups that do not disclose their donors. Olivia Rubin, ABC News, 28 July 2022 The outlet continues to work with some journalists in Russia without publishing their names for their protection, and doesn’t disclose its location or the source of its funds for security reasons, Mr. Anin said. Evan Gershkovich, WSJ, 28 July 2022 And a mysterious committee that won’t disclose its donors has spent more than $2 million on TV ads supporting his candidacy. Jeffrey Schweers, Orlando Sentinel, 26 July 2022 NBC News was unable to confirm whether the product was being lab tested because Chef Pii wouldn’t disclose the name of the facility. Lauren Wilson, NBC News, 21 July 2022 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, 12 May 2017 See More

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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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More Definitions for disclose


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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