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

transitive verb

: to make known through divine inspiration
: to make (something secret or hidden) publicly or generally known
reveal a secret
: to open up to view : display
the uncurtained window revealed a cluttered room
revealable adjective
revealer noun


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noun (1)

plural reveals
: 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


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noun (2)

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
The latest baby bump mirror pic — which has become a pregnancy staple for the model — comes after Hailey revealed more details about her and Justin’s pregnancy timeline. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 8 June 2024 The Guardian interviewed 19 people from the U.S. and the U.K., revealing these websites were not designed to sell counterfeit goods. Kurt Knutsson, Cyberguy Report, Fox News, 8 June 2024 By Rebecca Schneid June 7, 2024 11:07 AM EDT The Traitors, Peacock’s reality TV competition, has revealed its cast for its upcoming Season 3, and one of the new stars will be British aristocrat Lord Ivar Mountbatten, second cousin to King Charles III and a direct descendent of Queen Victoria. Rebecca Schneid, TIME, 7 June 2024 But stick around a bit, and the town reveals a relationship with U.S. paratroopers that is deep, sincere and disarmingly beautiful. Catherine Porter Andrea Mantovani, New York Times, 7 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for reveal 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Reveal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to make known : divulge
: to show plainly : display
revealer noun

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