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

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The Hashtag Show was the first to report this week that a source close to Walt Disney Studios had divulged Zendaya was given the option to step into Ariel's clamshell bra and green scaly tail. Lily Rose, Teen Vogue, "Zendaya Could Reportedly Play Ariel in Disney's Live-Action "The Little Mermaid"," 23 Aug. 2018 Thank you for so much love and support! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2018 Before her admission to the hospital, the first lady did not divulge the details of her medical condition, while her office declined to offer more details. Susan Scutti, CNN, "What we know -- and don't know -- about Melania Trump's procedure," 15 May 2018 But more and more, women are divulging their efforts to become pregnant with one another—and with the world. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "How California Became the World’s Fertility Treatment Destination," 13 Mar. 2019 Plenty of readers divulged their own strategies for giving under-the-weather colleagues the hint to go home,... Chip Cutter, WSJ, "Can You Really Take That Sick Day? Readers React to Office Sick-Shaming," 30 Jan. 2019 Seated in a Guadalajara hotel lounge last March, a downcast Brian Schmetzer divulged the bare and brutal truth of what lay ahead. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "How Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer held his record-setting team together through dark times," 30 Oct. 2018 Schnatter would not divulge anything from a board meeting's closed session, as he is prohibited by law. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "John Schnatter recalls Tom Jurich's firing, battle with David Grissom," 13 July 2018 Baker cited one other reason for refusing to divulge how much Fight was paid to drop his wrongful termination suit: Public knowledge of the settlement's particulars might put the agency at a disadvantage in other lawsuits. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "KC’s bus agency says it’s above the law, can keep secrets from taxpayers," 1 June 2018 But few specific details have been divulged about what process Mr. Trump is adopting in place of the previous rules, known as Presidential Policy Directive 20. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Trump Move to Loosen U.S. Use of Cyberweapons Prompts Intrigue," 16 Aug. 2018

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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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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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