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
Recent Examples on the Web Democrats, intent on finding a way to obtain Secret Service costs for protecting President Trump and his family during their travels over the past three years, are demanding the agency itself divulge the cost. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Democrats seek to force Secret Service to divulge cost of protecting Trump and family during travel," 15 Jan. 2020 The peak of their messages arrives when Miranda divulges her painful history as a foster care child. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Will Miranda Win The Circle With This Very Bachelorette Strategy?," 3 Jan. 2020 Johnson has also been accused of having an affair with American businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, who recently divulged on national television that Johnson had told her he did, indeed, have five children. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "How many children does Boris Johnson have? The British prime minister won’t say.," 29 Nov. 2019 Under Alabama’s Grand Jury Secrecy Act, anyone (other than prosecutors) who divulge what’s said behind the grand jury’s closed doors is guilty of a felony. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Alabama’s AG hates secretive closed-door inquiries, except when he doesn’t," 1 Nov. 2019 The first public clues came from Vil Mirzayanov, a Soviet military chemist who divulged the Novichok program in 1992. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Poison used in recent attack on Russian spy may soon be banned," 23 Oct. 2019 Detectives later learned about Channell’s anger about being left out of Tucker’s financial windfall from a witness, who also divulged her plan to lure him, Santini added. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Prosecutors: Woman fatally shot occasional boyfriend who wouldn’t share recent windfall," 9 Oct. 2019 The previous prosecutor, Henry Boyce, did not divulge a suspected motive. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "Special prosecutor assigned to former Arkansas senator's murder case," 20 Dec. 2019 Firefighters did not divulge what brand of peanut butter the animal prefers. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Raccoon with peanut butter jar on its head is rescued by firefighters," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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“Divulge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divulgence?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=divulg02. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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