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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the eponymous anonymous blogger is back to stir the pot and reveal the truth. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 28 May 2021 Currently, there is a process in the state where birth mothers who want to reveal their identity can come forward. Christopher Keating, courant.com, 25 May 2021 So imagine the excitement on April 7, when more than 200 physicists from seven countries convened on a Zoom call for a kind of nonexplosive gender-reveal party. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 18 May 2021 Tannerite is a target used for firearms practice that also comes in a gender-reveal variety, police said in the statement. Melissa Alonso And Scottie Andrew, CNN, 18 May 2021 Hands-on experiments use everyday materials and reveal the incredible secrets of the science hiding all around us. Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2021 The company and lawyers for Senate Republicans fought in court to keep the files under seal, arguing the public release of the documents would compromise security or reveal trade secrets. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2021 The numbers also reveal a troubling truth: In the first quarter, the digital currency's appreciation dwarfs what Tesla earned in its bedrock business of selling cars and batteries, and providing software updates and other services. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2021 The federal government counters that the information Zubaydah wants would reveal state secrets. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Reveal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reveal. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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