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


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


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


revealable \ ri-​ˈvē-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce reveal (audio) \ adjective
revealer noun

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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 The state of Arizona and some metro Phoenix cities are withholding public records related to COVID-19 rental aid that could reveal key information about the effectiveness of the assistance programs. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona, cities deny records request that could show if landlords filed to evict tenants after receiving aid for them," 25 Mar. 2021 Here are our favorite examples that reveal what can be achieved when the brief is to refashion the (not so) humble automobile as a kinetic objet d’art to be experienced and appreciated every day. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, "VIP Parking: 5 Amazing Garages That Showcase Your Cars Like Works of Art," 13 Mar. 2021 From March 14 through April 5, fans can receive a free ticket that could reveal prizes such as $50 and $25 gift certificates as well as free bar bites, desserts and side dishes. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Disney Springs eatery offers March Madness freebies," 11 Mar. 2021 Outside of poetry, variants can be found in the novels of Charlotte Brontë, the memoirs of Maya Angelou, and the many film or television camera close-ups that reveal an emotion buried in a character’s heart. Angus Fletcher, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight of Literature’s Most Powerful Inventions—and the Neuroscience Behind How They Work," 10 Mar. 2021 Back on Earth, massive observatories attempt to capture images of our star that reveal details we’ve never seen before. Mike Wehner, BGR, "This ridiculously awesome photo of the Sun was shot in someone’s backyard," 8 Mar. 2021 Institutional investors may have been selling some of their stakes in Tesla this year, but the regulatory forms that would reveal such sales won’t come out for weeks. New York Times, "Tesla’s Stock Tumbles Amid Sales Worries and Market Volatility," 5 Mar. 2021 Using Perseverance's advanced suite of instruments and cameras, the science team on Earth will have their best look yet at rocks on Mars that could reveal the planet's past. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Perseverance will search for ancient life on Mars. These places are next," 3 Mar. 2021 When people provide responses that reveal needs or frustrations, the leader and others have the opportunity to make improvements and do so together. Constance Dierickx, Forbes, "What Leaders Can Do To Connect And Why They Should," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of reveal


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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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