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