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

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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But few specific details have been divulged about what process Mr. Trump is adopting in place of the previous rules, known as Presidential Policy Directive 20. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Trump Move to Loosen U.S. Use of Cyberweapons Prompts Intrigue," 16 Aug. 2018 Unsurprisingly, the talk-happy Williams also divulged a bit of non-spoilery information about the show's final season, which will be debuting in April 2019. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Maisie Williams Finally Set the Record Straight on How to Pronounce Arya Stark's Name," 18 Oct. 2018 The spokesman would not divulge the type of action police will take at the school. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Despite no threat posed, extra police officers will be at Franklin High School," 20 Feb. 2018 The name of this event divulges its underlying premise, which is that once a month its host, Molly McGaughey, interviews a guest over a game of Jenga, wherein the guest answers questions that are written on the blocks. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "5 Comedy Shows to Catch in NYC This Weekend," 15 Feb. 2018 Brzezinski divulges strategies that can help millennials — and anyone, for that matter — to effectively communicate their worth. Renee Morad /, NBC News, "5 ways to break down barriers between women and money," 1 Feb. 2018 As with the original, two singles are set up on three blind dates, and sent back to set to divulge every last gritty/grody detail of their encounter. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "Fox trots out game shows updated for the app age," 5 June 2018 The spectacle of a fired special counsel — and former F.B.I. director — publicly divulging the results of his investigation would raise parallels to the Watergate hearings and raise pressure on Republicans to break rank. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Even Republicans Have Used the ‘I’ Word, but Would Firing Mueller Get Trump Impeached?," 1 Apr. 2018 Montgomery County and Northern Virginia have not publicly divulged the sites, for fear of hurting their competitive position. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "‘Their eyes are on D.C.’: Capital area said to have good shot at Amazon HQ2," 20 Jan. 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

formal : 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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