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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divulgence \-​ˈvəl-​jən(t)s \ 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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This form of authentication is far superior to SMS- and even app-enabled 2FA because the secret can’t be phished, divulged, or intercepted. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Password breach teaches Reddit that, yes, phone-based 2FA is that bad," 1 Aug. 2018 Commission spokesman John DeCrosta confirmed that the agency worked with French America Line to pay out escrow funds to passengers but would not divulge the amount. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Cruise company sails away with Mesa couple's $10,000," 7 June 2018 Along with divulging his draft prep, Hurney showed plenty of self-awareness on his draft hits and misses over the years in Carolina. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "How NFL Teams Build Their Mock Drafts," 25 Apr. 2018 Tearful friends have divulged their miscarriages; one of us has suffered her own. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire's Guide to Having a Baby," 1 Oct. 2018 Unsurprisingly, Apple hasn't divulged any information about this new and improved iPhone, either in terms of capabilities or aesthetics. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The New iPhone Will Be Announced on September 12," 30 Aug. 2018 Spear phishing attacks are designed to trick specific people into divulging login credentials or into clicking on malicious links. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Microsoft shuts down phishing sites, accuses Russia of new election meddling," 21 Aug. 2018 Hatch has not divulged his plans after leaving office, but supporters have begun raising millions of dollars to create a think tank and foundation bearing his name. Julian Hattem, The Seattle Times, "Retiring Sen. Hatch bids farewell to Utah Republicans," 21 Apr. 2018 Hatch has not divulged his plans after leaving office, but supporters have begun raising millions of dollars to create a think tank and foundation bearing his name. Washington Post, "Retiring Sen. Hatch bids farewell to Utah Republicans," 21 Apr. 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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