re·​veal·​ing ri-ˈvē-liŋ How to pronounce revealing (audio)
: 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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web But for these two men, friends who spend their days bantering in an aging Las Vegas strip mall, conversations about the divide are more revealing than wrenching. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Artificial intelligence technology that has been used to create fake, nonconsensual nude photos of women is now being used to cover up women so their clothing is less revealing. Kat Tenbarge, NBC News, 6 Feb. 2024 Indeed, in some cases, the way the designers have worked with suit material is quite revealing of the wearer. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2024 Note the enlarged boobs and outfit to be made more revealing. Hafsa Khalil, CNN, 30 Jan. 2024 The more revealing statement, though, came from screenwriting legend David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds, Carlito’s Way — not to mention Soderbergh’s own underrated Kimi). David Fear, Rolling Stone, 20 Jan. 2024 Major internet providers, like Comcast’s Xfinity, stockpile more revealing data than users might initially realize. Reece Rogers, WIRED, 19 Jan. 2024 Last Updated: Live Coverage Feed 19 hours ago Polls suggest there isn’t much suspense about who is going to win the Iowa caucuses tonight, but a group of five counties could be very revealing about the nature of the race heading forward. Dante Chinni, WSJ, 16 Jan. 2024 Examining the trends within the data is more revealing. John Surico, Curbed, 21 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of revealing was circa 1925

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“Revealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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