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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divulgence \ də-​ˈvəl-​jən(t)s How to pronounce divulgence (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 Asking for help would require divulging information about their son that his folks know nothing about: The loans, the gambling, or the affair. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Wronged spouse ends up saddled with ex-husband’s debt," 25 Oct. 2019 Many countries trading with China share Washington’s complaints about Beijing’s practices, including subsidies to its companies, limiting market access to foreign firms and requiring foreign companies to divulge their technology. WSJ, "U.S.-China Trade Fight Shakes Global Economy, but Isn’t All Bad for Bystanders," 10 Jan. 2019 The coach refused to divulge what type of injury the fifth-year senior suffered. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF freshman QB Dillon Gabriel helps lead Knights to blowout win at FAU," 7 Sep. 2019 Astoundingly, FirstEnergy refuses to divulge the plants’ actual financial numbers to lawmakers, citing bankruptcy confidentiality agreements. David Roberts, Vox, "Ohio just passed the worst energy bill of the 21st century," 27 July 2019 The ministry didn’t name the vessel, and the Kremlin refused to divulge any details about it, saying the information is highly classified. Vladimir Isachenkov, BostonGlobe.com, "Russia: Nuclear reactor safe on fire-hit submersible," 4 July 2019 The ministry didn’t name the vessel, and the Kremlin refused to divulge any details about it, saying the information is highly classified. Time, "A Nuclear Reactor on Fire-Damaged Submarine Remains Safe and 'Operational,' Russian Authorities Say," 4 July 2019 The ministry did not name the vessel, and the Kremlin refused to divulge any details about it. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 4, 2019," 4 July 2019 New Jersey’s requirement that financial firms disclose their ties to gunmakers could provide the public with new and specific information that some firms have been reluctant to divulge. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "A Novel Gun Control Strategy: Pressure Banks and Retailers," 10 Sep. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divulged. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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divulge

verb
How to pronounce divulge (audio)

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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