disclose

verb
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

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 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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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

There was the woman, once again, disclosing her pain. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "How Brett Kavanaugh Got the Last Laugh," 17 Sep. 2019 Up the Red Line at Harvard, president Larry Bacow said Friday that the university received $9 million from Epstein before 2008, including $2.4 million that the school had not previously disclosed. BostonGlobe.com, "far above Cayuga’s waters," 17 Sep. 2019 The warrant does not specify what, if any, story was reported based on information allegedly disclosed. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Sunrise police sergeant under investigation for allegedly giving confidential info to Sun Sentinel," 17 Sep. 2019 Departments can request a yearlong extension if investigators fear disclosing the video would substantially interfere with an investigation. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "County’s two largest law enforcement agencies responding differently to police transparency bill," 15 Sep. 2019 Nevertheless, despite the significant outlay, there still appears to be plenty of money in the bank after AS disclosed the details of the aforementioned financial accounts. SI.com, "Real Madrid's 2020 Transfer Budget Revealed With 'Plan' to Lure Kylian Mbappe," 15 Sep. 2019 Nevertheless, McCabe’s legal team is demanding that the Justice Department disclose whether an indictment was declined and refrain from seeking an indictment in the future. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why It’s Unlikely the McCabe Grand Jury Voted against Indictment," 14 Sep. 2019 Pierce said the group will disclose its donors when campaign-finance deadlines arrive. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "The fight to repeal Ohio’s nuclear bailout law has heated up to unprecedented levels. But why?," 12 Sep. 2019 Richardson’s Eating Disorder Richardson’s brother took the stand on Wednesday to discuss their upbringing — and disclosed that the 20-year-old woman suffered from a longtime eating disorder. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Cremation, Eating Disorders, and Inappropriate Texts: Bombshells in the Brooke Skylar Richardson Trial," 12 Sep. 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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1b

Noun

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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disclose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disclose

: to make (something) known to the public

disclose

verb
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.

disclose

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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