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)


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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

Under California civil code, sellers are required to disclose if a death — natural or otherwise — occurred in a home within the last three years, but they are not required to volunteer the information if the death falls outside that time frame. Julia Wick, chicagotribune.com, "A Manson murder house is for sale. That’s a challenge, especially this year," 6 Aug. 2019 If a group donates to a political cause, that group would be required to disclose where its funding came from. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge says signature-gathering can begin for ranked-choice ballot measure," 12 Sep. 2019 The Bankruptcy Code requires debtors to disclose significant information about their operations and imposes strict checks on debtor actions. Lindsey Simon, The Conversation, "Why companies file for bankruptcy – and how it protects both debtors and creditors," 29 Aug. 2019 Drug makers that didn’t agree to bigger discounts could be called out publicly and required to disclose price information. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Reining in the spending on drugs: What Mass. can learn from other states," 27 Aug. 2019 Ohioans for Energy Security and Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts are each LLCs, meaning they aren’t required to disclose who’s funding them. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Pro-House Bill 6 group launches $1 million ad campaign to fend off statewide referendum," 26 Aug. 2019 Oregon does not require campaigns to disclose individuals on their payrolls, something that is required at the federal level. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "How many of Gov. Kate Brown’s state staffers volunteer on her campaign? She won’t say.," 22 Aug. 2019 Besides those concerning the jury pool, these motions have also been filed: • Alternative killer evidence: Prosecutors are seeking a court order requiring Frazee to disclose any possible intent to introduce evidence of an alternative killer. Kirk Mitchell, The Mercury News, "Kelsey Berreth murder trial: 300 potential jurors are needed, lawyers say," 21 Aug. 2019 State legislation passed this year requires free-standing emergency room operators to disclose to patients the average cost and fees for a treatment and which health plans consider their facilities in-network. Dallas News, "Texas legislature's fix to surprise health care bills still leaves millions vulnerable," 19 Aug. 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 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

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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