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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose confidential terms of the settlement. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Washington Football Team will not have cheerleaders in 2021 but will add coed dance squad," 3 Mar. 2021 There’s no legal requirement to disclose donors identities publicly, and new exemptions last year meant some groups no longer needed to share the names and addresses of big donors with the Internal Revenue Service. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Biden allies to launch 'dark money' group with White House blessing," 18 Feb. 2021 In the weeks leading up to the announcement, Smith had pressed his legal team to obtain an assurance that the government wouldn’t publicly disclose his misconduct, people familiar with the matter said. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "How Austin billionaire Robert Smith avoided indictment for evading $43 million in federal taxes," 7 Feb. 2021 The bill requires some nonprofits to disclose publicly the names of donors who give more than $10,000, even if those groups aren’t taking part in candidate elections. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pelosi’s Top Priority: Consolidating Power," 14 Jan. 2021 Morgan Stanley was among 34 companies on the S&P 100 that promised to publicly disclose such information. Max Abelson, Bloomberg.com, "Goldman and Morgan Stanley Ready to Share More Diversity Data," 9 Dec. 2020 In a proposal filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, Nasdaq would require all companies listed on the exchange to publicly disclose consistent, transparent diversity statistics about their board of directors. CBS News, "Nasdaq seeks authority to enforce gender diversity in company boardrooms," 1 Dec. 2020 The 49ers do not have to publicly disclose whether Armstead tested positive for the virus. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "49ers place Arik Armstead on COVID list a day after he played 40 snaps vs Saints," 16 Nov. 2020 Marissa Armstrong, a county spokeswoman, has said the office could not publicly disclose the number of times Peterson was shot or where. oregonlive, "The fatal police shooting of Kevin Peterson Jr.: What’s known so far from court records, investigation accounts," 13 Nov. 2020 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 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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The first known use of disclose was in the 14th century

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6 Mar 2021

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“Disclose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disclose. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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