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

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The Dallas Mavericks owner and high-profile businessman received the penalty as a result of divulging the fact that coaches' challenges would be instituted next season while the meeting that ratified the rule was still in session. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Mark Cuban fined $50,000 for leaking information from NBA Board of Governors meeting," 15 July 2019 The terms of the deal reportedly forbid Leath from disparaging the school or divulging confidential information. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Former Auburn President Steven Leath to reportedly make $4.5 million in separation agreement," 13 July 2019 Pre-saving a song on Spotify may divulge a lot of data about users to record labels—at least more data than usual, says a recent Billboard report. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "Spotify's Pre-Save Feature Gives Record Labels User Data, Account Access," 28 June 2019 Those thinking Patridge will divulge more information about this on The Hills: New Beginnings are wrong. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Make the Women of The Hills Famous Again," 24 June 2019 And in an interview ahead of the 2019 Met Gala, the editor-in-chief of Vogue divulged that Meghan and her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, would be at the top of her dream guest list for fashion’s biggest event. Mekita Rivas, refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle Will Guest Edit The September Issue Of British Vogue," 13 June 2019 The money also will help support a Girls Who Code expansion in India, although executives declined to divulge details. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "United Technologies CDO Backs Effort to Train Female Coders," 12 Feb. 2019 The airline declined to divulge the fee, saying the cost will vary based on the airfare. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "United Airlines offers wealthy fliers at LAX access to a private terminal to avoid the crowds," 26 May 2018 Odebrecht declined to divulge what percentage the family continues to own. Fox News, "Odebrecht, nucleus of mega-graft scandal, tries to go clean," 13 May 2018

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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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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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