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 This is revealing, since Musk rejects that orthodoxy, asserting that cash not needed for everyday operations is cash ripe for buying Bitcoin. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 3 May 2021 For her latest look, J.Lo opted for a little black mini dress featuring a plethora of cut-outs, making the outfit pretty revealing. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Mar. 2021 Five days before the Golden Globes, Frida Mom posted online a longer — and more revealing — version of the commercial. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Mar. 2021 Rand also checks in with his longtime internet friend Chiken Fingerz for some pretty revealing data on why Kevin Fiala's three-game Wild suspension was perhaps uncommonly harsh. Star Tribune, 3 Feb. 2021 The episode picks up right where last week's left off, as Mare pursues John and Billy at their fishing cabin while Chief Carter (John Douglas Thompson) desperately tries to reach her after seeing a revealing photograph of Erin in bed with John. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 31 May 2021 Caro’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book is a miracle of detail, written with flair, and is a revealing study of character and the exercise of power. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 In his revealing review of the series, Blair McClendon aptly compares Jenkins and Laxton’s camera to that of the great Max Ophüls. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 21 May 2021 In a darkly revealing moment, Jeanette blackmails Tanya with her knowledge of the child support fraud in order to keep Tanya from testifying against her. Rosie Knight,, 18 May 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Revealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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