divulge

verb
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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Other Words from divulge

divulgence \ də-​ˈvəl-​jən(t)s How to pronounce divulgence (audio) , dī-​ \ 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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New Jersey’s requirement that financial firms disclose their ties to gunmakers could provide the public with new and specific information that some firms have been reluctant to divulge. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "A Novel Gun Control Strategy: Pressure Banks and Retailers," 10 Sep. 2019 The Dodgers have known this since at least Saturday, but the exact ailment is unclear because the Dodgers have declined to divulge details. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers acquire utility player from Mariners with Enrique Hernandez injured," 28 July 2019 The official was not authorized to divulge details of an ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. NBC News, "Salvadoran migrant dies in U.S. border custody," 1 July 2019 The order could direct federal agencies to pursue actions to force a host of players in the industry to divulge cost data, the people said. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump Administration Preparing Executive Order on Health-Cost Disclosure," 24 May 2019 Facebook then protects its ad buyers by not divulging any personal information. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Filling the Empty Seats at the F.E.C. Won’t Fix America’s Corrupt Elections," 29 Aug. 2019 The scammers — who swindle American citizens into sending money or divulging their bank account information — are well financed and capable of building armories to battle their competitors. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, "One Handgun, 9 Murders: How American Firearms Cause Carnage Abroad," 25 Aug. 2019 Ivanka Trump, his daughter and senior adviser, talked to the president about it Thursday morning, people familiar with the discussions said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge them. Julie Hirschfeld Davis, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump disavows ‘send her back’ chant as Republicans fret over ugly phrase," 18 July 2019 Private Join and Compute would allow these parties, which all hold very sensitive data, to essentially compare notes without divulging sensitive information to each other. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private," 19 June 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

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English Language Learners Definition of divulge

formal : to make (information) known : to give (information) to someone

divulge

verb
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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