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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Police say Williams passed a polygraph test, and their interviews with Williams and another person of interest in the case revealed that Williams was hardly the only person with access to the house. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "There’s More History to Antonio Brown’s History," 16 Sep. 2019 As the 2004 elections approached, Lipton’s research revealed that there was a big opportunity in Albany, a city that had long been under the rule of a Democratic machine legendary for its ironclad grip on power. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 The existence of Johnson’s hoard, more than a hundred in total, was revealed in April. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 The researchers revealed that the small nerve fibers near a tumor were, at least sometimes, essential to the tumor's growth. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "How the body’s nerves become accomplices in the spread of cancer," 12 Sep. 2019 Test results reveal the package received in the base mailroom was not hazardous. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "White powder found in package at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio was not hazardous," 11 Sep. 2019 If so, would that violate the Collective Bargaining Agreement, such that this tacit agreement cannot be revealed? -- Andrew, Coral Gables. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is 10 deep too deep for the Heat?," 10 Sep. 2019 The baby’s face wasn’t revealed in the photo, but Mrs. Bennett deserves a round of applause for this amazing onesie. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Chance The Rapper Is Rescheduling His Tour To Be A Family Man," 10 Sep. 2019 In fact, in late 2018, Google released its annual study of the year’s most trending searches, revealing that the top fashion searches were for 1980s fashion, grunge fashion, 1990s fashion, and early 2000s fashion. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Why Are We All Dressing Like Children?," 7 Sep. 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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