di·vulge | \də-ˈvəlj, dī-\
divulged; divulging

Definition of divulge 

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from divulge

divulgence \-ˈvəl-jən(t)s \ 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

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Another friend divulged a cancer diagnosis cryptically via Facebook. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, "A friend shared her cancer diagnosis on Facebook. How can I offer support?," 26 June 2018 Concerned about his privacy, the man refused to divulge his name to the woman on duty. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Man asks German police for help breaking up with his partner," 20 Apr. 2018 Video and scouting reports only divulge the basics. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Gerrit Cole's spectacular debut powers Astros past Rangers," 1 Apr. 2018 Largely due to competitive concerns, Amazon, Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL 2.79% Google unit and other would-be operators haven’t divulged exactly how customers would order a package or be notified of its arrival. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Coming Soon to a Front Porch Near You: Package Delivery Via Drone," 11 Mar. 2018 Other than plans to avoid visiting the White House, as is customary for defending champions, the Warriors hadn’t divulged much of their itinerary. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Warriors to visit African American History and Culture museum instead of White House," 27 Feb. 2018 But the Sun Valley Resort, which plays host to the spectacle, won’t divulge any details on the guests or the agenda for the week. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Billionaire summer camp begins in Sun Valley," 11 July 2018 Details on Irving and James' strained relationship were divulged in a roundtable podcast with Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com and Dave McMenamin of ESPN on Cleveland's 92.3 The Fan. Jenna West, SI.com, "Report: Kyrie Irving Never Wanted LeBron James to Return to the Cavaliers," 6 July 2018 As Wallinga points out, the breakdown of how the drugs are used in different livestock species was only divulged in last year’s report, which covered 2016. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "To Understand Antibiotic Abuse We Need Data From Farms," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of divulge

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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


di·vulge | \də-ˈvəlj, dī-\
divulged; divulging

Kids Definition of divulge

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

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