re·veal·ing | \ ri-ˈvē-liŋ \

Definition of revealing 

: allowing a look at or an understanding of something inner or hidden a revealing confession also : tending to expose more typically hidden parts of the body a revealing halter top

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Other words from revealing

revealingly adverb

Examples of revealing in a Sentence

The book is a revealing account of being part of a gang. Her comments about her childhood were revealing. She wore a very revealing shirt. That skirt is much too revealing.
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The 93-count indictment against seven officials associated with was unsealed on Monday afternoon, revealing charges including money laundering and aiding prostitution. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Top Officials Charged With Facilitating Prostitution," 9 Apr. 2018 With a hint of leg showing and a pair of Jason Wu for Manolo Blahnik heels, Graham embraced the transparency of Sarah Burton’s design by wearing the revealing combination with confidence. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Ashley Graham Redefines Power Dressing in Alexander McQueen," 5 July 2018 Though his grandfather isn’t the subject of any song, the name sets the tone for an album that Ray says is far more revealing and intimate than his first. Nancy Kruh,, "Michael Ray Puts a New Kind of Cool on His Second Album: It's About Being 'Vulnerable'," 25 June 2018 The result is the Melbourne native’s most revealing, reflective and at times darkest work yet. Dan Hyman,, "Courtney Barnett went inside, and out came beauty — and darkness," 17 May 2018 Here's a handful of the most revealing, surprising and endearing ones, below. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned From Cardi B's Most Candid Interview Yet," 9 Apr. 2018 The most revealing development in the recruitment of Shohei Ohtani came Sunday out of Stamford, Conn. Dennis Lin,, "Padres among finalists for Shohei Ohtani," 3 Dec. 2017 Actually, the exhibition is far more revealing about the illustrations by E.H. Shepard (1879-1976), showing nearly 80 pencil sketches drawn from the collection at the V&A Museum. WSJ, "‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic’ Review: An Un-Stuffed Story," 16 June 2018 Twenty years later, the story remains one of the most revealing interviews of Apple’s career. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "98 Things That Happened in 1998," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of revealing

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of revealing was circa 1925

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English Language Learners Definition of revealing

: giving information about something that was not known before

: showing parts of the body that are usually hidden from view

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