re·​veal·​ing | \ ri-ˈvē-liŋ How to pronounce revealing (audio) \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for revealing



  • unexpressive
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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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Recent Examples on the Web In revealing charges against Carrillo, federal prosecutors linked him to an extremist, anti-government movement called the Boogaloo movement. Alejandro Serrano,, "Air Force sergeant makes first court appearance in murder case of Oakland security guard," 23 June 2020 And that gives us the makings of a revealing comparison test. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, "Seven 1990 SUVs Tested: Ford vs. GMC vs. Isuzu vs. Jeep vs. Mitsubishi vs. Nissan vs. Toyota," 22 June 2020 Something more revealing about Torkelson and his family. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Another reason to like Detroit Tigers' Spencer Torkelson: 'You're killing me, Smalls'," 11 June 2020 What follows are excerpts from these revealing conversations. Dallas News, "Seniors draw on decades of resilience and tough lessons," 10 June 2020 The differences between the two events, however, are more revealing. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Violent Protest and the Intelligentsia," 5 June 2020 One of the most revealing stories in Adverse Events took place at the gleaming pharmaceutical industry clinic. Carl Elliott, The New York Review of Books, "An Ethical Path to a Covid Vaccine," 3 June 2020 Rumours of Sprouse and Reinhart's split began when, upon being asked if the duo made a cute couple during a recent Instagram Live, Riverdale co-star Skeet Ulrich made a revealing slip of the tongue. Sarah Midkiff,, "Cole Sprouse Looks So Different After Rumoured Lili Reinhart Split," 26 May 2020 On Sunday, in an equally revealing moment involving the two NBA legends, Michael Jordan ripped him. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Kobe Bryant’s sincerity turned him from Michael Jordan’s ‘little Laker boy’ to a friend," 3 May 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Revealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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