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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Other Words from divulge

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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Plaintiffs contend opioid makers and distributors engaged in consumer fraud, racketeering and negligence, failing for years to divulge the drug's addictive qualities to doctors and patients. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Opioid epidemic: Arizona cities, counties join huge federal suit against pain-med makers," 30 June 2018 Shoemaker Enoch Crosby repeatedly joined loyalist regiments, then slipped away to divulge all to the patriots; he was shot at by both sides but survived to rejoin George Washington’s army. WSJ, "Five Best: Joyce Lee Malcolm," 28 June 2018 Florio also divulged that his father, Vincenzo, committed suicide while Florio was governor. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "Jim Florio: Lessons from a life in politics and a fight over N.J.'s assault weapon ban," 13 May 2018 Defense attorneys also want Watkins to divulge the original source of the money — suggesting that someone gave it to Faughn to pass along to Watkins — and the motivations behind the payments. Steve Vockrodt, Joseph Bustos, Jason Hancock And Lindsay Wise, kansascity, "Missouri publisher helped pay Al Watkins, lawyer for ex-husband in Greitens affair," 1 May 2018 Martin, who was unable to divulge the businesses that are showing interest, did say that the number has increased exponentially. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Marketing video extols Dayton virtues," 16 Apr. 2018 As if that wasn’t luxurious enough, Oprah also divulged that the tub is custom made to accommodate the shape of her body, something that elicited a mixture of awe and envy from Corden, Witherspoon and Kaling. Cady Lang, Time, "Oprah Describing Her Oprah-Shaped Bathtub Will Set a New Standard for Success," 13 Mar. 2018 The master distiller, whose name Gerber won’t divulge, began sending samples. Mark Seal, WSJ, "The Tequila Gold Rush," 19 June 2018 Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have accused him of not being forthcoming in the information divulged. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Trump and the Russia investigation: What to know," 4 June 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

: 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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