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

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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Kravitz sported the revealing dress with a pair of high-waisted biker shorts and a bra top with low-heeled white grandma pumps. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zoë Kravitz Wears the Ultimate Cool Girl Bridal Label in Paris," 29 June 2019 At Lady Gabriella Windsor's royal wedding in May, the princess wore one of her more revealing looks. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Is Obsessed With Princess Beatrice's Elaborate Trooping the Colour Dress and Hat," 8 June 2019 All of this is to say, podcast listening habits are far more revealing than music taste. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Spotify now allows advertisers to specifically target podcast listeners," 17 June 2019 More intense still is the orchestra, with Davis’ score creating the atmosphere and producing tension, terror, dismay and, in the most revealing moments, tenderness and hope. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD professor Anthony Davis’ opera ‘The Central Park Five’ goes where Netflix doesn’t dare," 17 June 2019 Balance out the coverage of a full-length jean with something a little bit more revealing up top. Sarah Morse, Glamour, "5 Perfect Summer Outfits With Jeans, Courtesy of Celebrities," 22 Apr. 2019 In Screwing Up What if mistakes are not the center of an embarrassingly revealing story, but a plot twist on the way to something else? Jennifer King Lindley, Redbook, "Stop Trying to Be So Damn Perfect All the Time," 2 June 2017 Stepping out for the 5th Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards, Kim Kardashian West wore an extremely revealing black dress on the red carpet that left nothing to the imagination. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Narrowly Avoids a Wardrobe Malfunction in Vintage Thierry Mugler Cut-Out Gown," 18 Feb. 2019 But reading between the lines of her fiction might, in the end, provide the most revealing glance into her private life. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Who Will Get the First MacKenzie Bezos Interview?," 10 Jan. 2019

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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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