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

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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

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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 Card companies do not divulge fee earnings, but Jorgensen at RBR said issuers were probably raking in a handsome profit. Liz Alderman, BostonGlobe.com, "Our cash-free future is getting closer," 6 July 2020 Despite Friday’s disclosure, Campos said UTSA will not be publicly announcing the number of student-athletes testing positive for coronavirus, noting the program does not typically divulge players’ illnesses or injuries. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Three UTSA football players test positive for COVID-19," 19 June 2020 Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury ruled the state didn't have to divulge information about individual nursing homes — just days before Medicare officials published similar information for a more recent timeframe nationwide. Caitlin Mcglade, azcentral, "New data shows more COVID-19 deaths, infections in nursing homes," 18 June 2020 Craig said police had knowledge reporters on the ground might not have, but declined to divulge details. Freep.com, "Detroit saw relative calm amid protests. When it didn’t, here’s what police did.," 13 June 2020 Former national security adviser John Bolton will divulge the wide scope of President Trump’s alleged misconduct in his forthcoming book that the White House is trying to stop from being released. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Bolton book to detail Trump’s alleged misconduct beyond Ukraine," 12 June 2020 Puleng is forced to quickly divulge the full breadth of her cloak and dagger behaviour in under a minute to the subject of her research. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Blood & Water Cast Reveals The Silver Lining Of Its Explosive Finale," 26 May 2020 Frank didn’t pry, and Luke didn’t divulge any details. NBC News, "Ex-Green Beret captured in Venezuela believed U.S. backed overthrow plot: family," 16 May 2020 Neither Gossage nor Miles would divulge how steep a drop the president of TMS had negotiated down to. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar details plans for season-opener at Texas Motor Speedway, including no fans," 7 May 2020

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of divulge

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


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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