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 model revealed how the pollution moves from state to state, reacting with other compounds to form harmful particles. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Deadly air pollution is blowing into your state from a surprisingly large source," 12 Feb. 2020 Recent traffic counts have revealed that 15,377 vehicles travel the busy street daily. John Benson, cleveland, "North Olmsted considering Clague Road traffic study prior to 2024 resurfacing project," 12 Feb. 2020 The agency’s handling of Weber revealed broader dysfunction at the U.S. agency that provides health care to 2.6 million Native Americans, often in some of the nation’s poorest and most remote communities. Christopher Weaver, WSJ, "Doctor Sentenced to Five Lifetime Terms for Sexually Abusing Boys," 11 Feb. 2020 According to the complaint: After The Packing House was tipped off by a short bank deposit, an investigation revealed Pineda had been using five tactics to embezzle from the business. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hales Corners business owner convicted of embezzling $30,000 from her former employer," 11 Feb. 2020 Trend lines from a new national poll revealed an emerging top tier in the Democratic presidential primary, with three of the top candidates on the upswing and the rest of the pack flatlining — or cratering. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trends show Democratic support moving to Sanders, Bloomberg, and Buttigieg: Poll," 11 Feb. 2020 One incident in particular revealed the extent to which political and economic developments beyond the city’s control had eroded its long-standing tradition of regional autonomy. Mark Peterson, The New York Review of Books, "‘There Was a Boston Once’," 11 Feb. 2020 Research also has revealed that warm air can quickly dry delicate gill filaments, causing them to become nonfunctional. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020 Maia’s account revealed major inconsistencies in Mann’s testimony. Jan Ransom, BostonGlobe.com, "Weinstein accuser called him her ‘spiritual soul mate,’ witness says," 10 Feb. 2020

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

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15 Feb 2020

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“Reveal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revealable. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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