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

But once these things trend and real people join in, the trolling becomes revealing. Thembi Ford, Essence, "On Reboots And Redheads," 15 July 2019 That report is what prompted defense lawyers to request all reports or notes from the February police interview of Davis, which revealed Sims initially wasn’t named as being involved in the murder. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County prosecutors violated evidence obligations in murder case, judge rules," 15 July 2019 In the first episode of The Last Czars, a new docuseries about the end of the Romanov dynasty, there's a scene where the camera zeroes in on Nicholas II's arm, revealing a large tattoo. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Russia's Last Czar, Nicholas II, Had a Massive Dragon Tattoo," 14 July 2019 One way of solving the riddle of sleep is to investigate its origins, and a new study in the journal Nature involving zebrafish reveals that the pattern of sleep found in humans and many other animals evolved at least 450 million years ago. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Little, Transparent Fish Show Sleep Is at Least 450 Million Years Old," 12 July 2019 The pair never tied the knot (though they were engaged and have a daughter together), but in a new interview with Harper's Bazaar, Irina revealed she's not opposed to the idea. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Irina Shayk Says She's Not Against Marriage, Even After Her Bradley Cooper Split," 12 July 2019 The restorative qualities of a campfire revealed yet again. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Swan Lake Fire may have ruined a weekend, but there is relief that it finally happened," 17 July 2019 Rodriguez also pushed back on a proposal to limit the release of 911 records to transcripts only, saying that the tone of a person’s voice can reveal valuable information that isn’t apparent in a transcript. Lynn Arditi, BostonGlobe.com, "Going Quiet: Rhode Island among the states hiding 911 recordings from families, lawyers, and the general public," 16 July 2019 Arizona Republic reports revealed Markley had improperly fired employees and created a hostile work environment at Adobe Mountain, the school and juvenile-detention facility in north Phoenix. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Who runs the state? Here are Arizona's top agency heads (and their salaries)," 16 July 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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