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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In the film’s final and most revealing act Cassius is stirred from slumber. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Sorry to Bother You: A Dizzying Satire That Hungers for Truth," 7 July 2018 The revealing swimsuit showed off Kardashian's incredible physique, and left nothing to the imagination. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Wears Two Steamy Swimsuit Looks in One Day," 7 July 2018 There is no quicker and more revealing way to explore the essence of a nation than through its food. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "10 iconic American foods for Fourth of July and the best places to get them in Phoenix," 3 July 2018 More revealing, the stats also show how locally concentrated some of these jobs can be. Evan Horowitz,, "Why regional economies still matter," 16 June 2018 But examining variations in the thickness of a particular structure is a more revealing way to look at differences among individuals, said Siddarth, a biostatistician and quantum chemist at UCLA. Melissa Healy,, "Too much sitting may thin the part of your brain that's important for memory, study suggests," 13 Apr. 2018 But the characteristically open Kardashian-Jenner clan has been largely mum, posting some vacation shots and ads for its makeup lines but nothing much more revealing. Elahe Izadi,, "The 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' episode about Khloe giving birth will be bonkers," 12 Apr. 2018 Experts say MRIs provide a far more revealing image than an X-ray or CT scan, which use small levels of radiation. Eric Pianin, Washington Post, "Claustrophobia can turn MRI into frightening experience," 11 Mar. 2018 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

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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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