Definition of divulge
- refused to divulge the name of her informant
- divulge the company's sales figures
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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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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."
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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