reveal

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

Definition of reveal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make known through divine inspiration
2 : to make (something secret or hidden) publicly or generally known reveal a secret
3 : to open up to view : display the uncurtained window revealed a cluttered room

reveal

noun (1)
plural reveals

Definition of reveal (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

reveal

noun (2)

Definition of reveal (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from reveal

Verb

revealable \ ri-​ˈvē-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce revealable (audio) \ adjective
revealer noun

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Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The creepy skeleton of an 86-year-old shipwreck has been revealed by the shifting sands of a North Carolina beach. Fox News, "Creepy shipwreck revealed by shifting sands on North Carolina beach," 5 June 2019 According to the foundation, an independent audit in 2018 revealed potential financial misconduct, which was reported to authorities. Katie Moore, kansascity, "Accountant stole $550K from KC hospital nonprofit, spent on shopping, travel, drugs," 4 June 2019 The public split and looming standoff over 5% tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico revealed a fundamental divergence in values between the president and his party. Lisa Mascaro, Time, "GOP Splits With President Trump as Senators Loudly Oppose Mexico Tariff Threat," 4 June 2019 On Tuesday, a man allegedly involved in the transaction revealed how much was made from the bloodbath: $105. Chris Palmer, https://www.inquirer.com, "Witness: 4 executed in W. Philly basement were slain over $105 in drugs," 4 June 2019 By More restrictions on travel from the United States to Cuba were revealed Tuesday in an announcement by the Department of Treasury. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Trump administration announces travel restrictions to Cuba going into effect Wednesday," 4 June 2019 Thompson, who left early in the fourth quarter of Game 2 with left hamstring tightness, underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a mild left hamstring strain. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Kevin Durant out for Game 3; Klay Thompson questionable," 4 June 2019 Dispatches went undercover to reveal the worrying truth about the production of American chemically washed chicken. NBC News, "This is what the U.S. wants from the U.K. before it will sign a trade deal," 3 June 2019 Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster, although the venue did not reveal prices. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Blink-182 and Lil Wayne to share the bill in September show at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of reveal

Verb

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

History and Etymology for reveal

Verb

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

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reveal

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

Kids Definition of reveal

1 : to make known “Secrecy about what?” “That I cannot reveal.”— Robert C. O'Brien, Rats of NIMH
2 : to show clearly The opened door revealed a messy room.

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