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

Other Words from reveal

Verb

revealable \ ri-​ˈvē-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce reveal (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gender-reveal cakes have a pink or blue rattle hidden in the cake’s center hole. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 4 Aug. 2022 One woman has a secret, the other a mission to reveal it before thousands of lives are lost. Joe Otterson, Variety, 2 Aug. 2022 The characters reveal themselves almost entirely through blunt conversations rather than through action. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 The dazzling butterfly of Russian statehood breaks free to reveal itself to humanity in all of its spiritual splendor! Vladimir Sorokin, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 But where to look? Mersini-Houghton and colleagues decided that such artefacts of multiverse entanglement would logically reveal themselves in the topography of our universe’s Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), leftover radiation from the big bang. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 16 July 2022 On July 4, Macy Gray chose to go on known bigot Piers Morgan’s show Uncensored and reveal herself as a transphobe on national television. Wisdom Iheanyichukwu, refinery29.com, 6 July 2022 Contreras’s competitive nature began to reveal itself during practice, too. Jeremiah Holloway, The Courier-Journal, 6 July 2022 There’s no better time for a book on the psychology of secrets to reveal itself. Matthew Hutson, WSJ, 23 June 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reveal. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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 O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
2 : to show clearly The opened door revealed a messy room.

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