divulge

verb
di·​vulge | \ də-ˈvəlj How to pronounce divulge (audio) , dī- \
divulged; divulging

Definition of divulge

transitive verb

1 : to make known (something, such as a confidence or secret) refused to divulge the name of her informant divulge the company's sales figures
2 archaic : to make public : proclaim

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Other Words from divulge

divulgence \ də-​ˈvəl-​jən(t)s How to pronounce divulge (audio) , dī-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for divulge

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

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It isn't vulgar to make known the roots of divulge - and that sentence contains two hints about the word's origin. "Divulge" was borrowed into Middle English in the 15th century from Latin divulgare, a word that combines the prefix dis-, which meant "apart" or "in different directions" in Latin, with vulgare, meaning "to make known." "Vulgare," in turn, derives from the Latin noun vulgus, meaning "mob" or "common people. As you have no doubt guessed, English "vulgar" is another word which can be traced back to "vulgus"; it came into use about a century before "divulge."

Examples of divulge in a Sentence

The company will not divulge its sales figures. we tried to make him divulge the name of the winner, but he wouldn't budge
Recent Examples on the Web Lev never really gets the chance to use his voice to divulge every detail of his whole story. James Bigley Ii, Wired, 24 June 2021 Some journalists have gone to jail when asked to divulge the names of a person who provided them with information that the public wasn’t supposed to know. Jonathan Berr, Forbes, 22 June 2021 McBride's brother, Marqusie Carter, who carried a framed photograph of McBride, was upset by Woods' unwillingness to divulge more details. Byron Tate, Arkansas Online, 17 June 2021 Fortified in part with a pizza delivery, the group met for hours on Tuesday night, and senators emerged pleased with their progress but unwilling to divulge specifics about their plan’s framework and what hurdles remained. New York Times, 8 June 2021 Knight said Monday that the city reached a verbal agreement with the property owner for the neighboring lot where Magnolias Salon & Spa once operated, but didn’t divulge the price. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, 8 June 2021 Neither Rawley nor Hall would divulge specifics about their deals with the books’ operators. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2021 For its part, Rolls-Royce won’t divulge who commissioned the car, but did say that the drop-top’s owner is a person of at least some renown. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 2 June 2021 JCPenney’s leadership needs to determine and divulge a true long range plan for the department store firm. Michael Lisicky, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of divulge

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for divulge

Middle English, from Latin divulgare, from dis- + vulgare to make known, from vulgus mob

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“Divulge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divulge. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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divulge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of divulge

formal : to make (information) known : to give (information) to someone

divulge

verb
di·​vulge | \ də-ˈvəlj How to pronounce divulge (audio) , dī- \
divulged; divulging

Kids Definition of divulge

: to make known to others : reveal, disclose divulge a secret

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