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re·​veal ri-ˈvēl How to pronounce reveal (audio)
revealed; revealing; reveals

transitive verb

: to make known through divine inspiration
: to make (something secret or hidden) publicly or generally known
reveal a secret
: to open up to view : display
the uncurtained window revealed a cluttered room
revealable adjective
revealer noun


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noun (1)

plural reveals
: the act or an instance of showing, revealing, or disclosing something (such as surprising information or a new product) for the first time
Last year, in the fall and holiday after the reveal of the iPhone 7, Apple sold 78.29 million phones.Eric Limer
… it's tough to discuss the final volume of the series without acknowledging some of the big reveals of its predecessors.David Kamp
The big end reveal isn't just a shock; it's deeply upsetting, an emotional gut-punch.Matt Prigge
That fact will eventually become evident, no doubt … . That is the art of the slow reveal.Peter J. Boyer


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noun (2)

: the side of an opening (as for a window) between a frame and the outer surface of a wall
also : jamb
Choose the Right Synonym for reveal

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

Examples of reveal in a Sentence

Verb She would not reveal the secret. The test revealed the true cause of death. It was revealed that they stole over $1 million. They revealed the plans for the new building. The expression on his face revealed how he felt. The curtain was lifted to reveal the grand prize. Pulling up the carpeting revealed the home's beautiful hardwood floors. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
A couple of weeks after that, Tawde revealed the target: a 69-year-old activist, Narendra Dabholkar, who had exposed several religious figures for spreading medical misinformation and pseudoscience and campaigned in favor of intercommunity marriages. Parth M.n., WIRED, 23 Nov. 2023 Drake revealed the news of the follow-up to his 2021 Scary Hours 2 EP with a post on Instagram. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 New bodycam video reveals the moment a police officer shot and killed a man who tried to rob an armored car employee in Tennessee and then charged at the officer with two knives, authorities said. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2023 Together, the two race against time to reveal who is a songbird and who is a snake. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Nov. 2023 Along with the announcement of the new branch of the company, Pack also revealed its first publishing signee, CONNIE. Kristin Robinson, Billboard, 23 Nov. 2023 When Felix invites him to spend the summer at his family’s estate Saltburn, things slowly take a turn as it is revealed that Oliver has been lying the entire time about his background and family. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 The colorful wheely case opens up to reveal test tubes, a beaker, safety goggles, a working scale, and other tools. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 22 Nov. 2023 The data reveals that nearly twice as many working mothers as fathers have considered leaving their jobs due to the stress associated with childcare. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English revelen, from Anglo-French reveler, from Latin revelare to uncover, reveal, from re- + velare to cover, veil, from velum veil

Noun (2)

alteration of earlier revale, probably ultimately from Middle French ravaler to reduce the depth of (masonry or wood), literally, to take back down, from Old French, from re- + avaler to let fall — more at vail

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1596, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reveal was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Reveal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to make known : divulge
: to show plainly : display
revealer noun

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