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 The department did not divulge the condition of the 25-year-old. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police: Man dead, another wounded in Druid Hill Park shooting," 19 Nov. 2020 About 10,000 of those employees have since been laid off, according to company sources who asked not to be named because they were not cleared to divulge that information. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Disneyland announces more furloughs, blames California coronavirus rules," 10 Nov. 2020 Ferguson said police have not yet identified the suspect, who allegedly refused to tell officers his name or divulge other identifying information. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "New Orleans cop shot in the face after two officers were "ambushed" by suspect, police superintendent says," 30 Oct. 2020 Dolphins coach Brian Flores, while sharing optimism for Jackson’s progress, did not divulge a timetable for a possible return this season. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "A prized Dolphins rookie makes progress on IR; kicker Jason Sanders earns another top honor," 29 Oct. 2020 Charities and mosques, for example, will be required to divulge incoming donations, particularly those from abroad. Martha Lee, National Review, "France’s Flawed Stand against Islamist Radicalization," 27 Oct. 2020 Smith wouldn’t divulge names of players who have opted out of the 2020 season. oregonlive, "Receiver Zeriah Beason has the attention of Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith: ‘Mentally, he’s not playing like a freshman’," 16 Oct. 2020 The White House has refused to divulge that information. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Are military doctors under pressure to become ‘spin doctors’ when treating their commander in chief?," 5 Oct. 2020 The 2022 Tucson will be offered with new powertrain options and will also be available in an N-Line variant, although Hyundai wouldn't divulge any details on that quite yet. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2022 Hyundai Tucson Gets a Stunning Redesign as Popularity Surges," 15 Sep. 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 1 Dec. 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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