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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
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of divulge
Middle English, from Latin divulgare, from dis- + vulgare to make known, from vulgus mob
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of divulge
DIVULGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of divulge for English Language Learners
: to make (information) known : to give (information) to someone
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