verb di·vulge \ də-ˈvəlj , dī- \
|Updated on: 18 Aug 2018

Definition of divulge

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


play \-ˈvəl-jən(t)s\ noun

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Examples of divulge in a Sentence

  1. The company will not divulge its sales figures.

  2. we tried to make him divulge the name of the winner, but he wouldn't budge

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Did You Know?

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."

Origin and Etymology of divulge

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

DIVULGE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of divulge for English Language Learners

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

DIVULGE Defined for Kids


verb di·vulge \ də-ˈvəlj , dī- \

Definition of divulge for Students

divulged; divulging
: to make known to others : reveal, disclose
  • divulge a secret

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