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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Bella Thorne is back at it with the revealing looks, heading to Coachella this past weekend in little more than her lingerie. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Wore Lingerie to Coachella," 16 Apr. 2018 Critics expressed their feelings about Alyssa’s clothing on Twitter, calling the outfit — a striped black dress with ruffle detailing and a matching belt — inappropriate and too revealing. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "People Are Shaming Emily Ratajkowski For Going Braless During the Kavanaugh Protests," 5 Oct. 2018 Even more revealing was the response of my wife, who loves grand opera but isn’t a full-fledged buff and had never previously shown any special interest in Maria Callas. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Diva Back From the Dead," 14 Nov. 2018 Analyzing a person’s DNA is potentially more revealing than rifling through their home — but police need a warrant to enter a home. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Ancestry DNA databases can be used to find you — even if you don’t sign up," 12 Oct. 2018 But somehow, she's managed to pull off the impossible in new paparazzi photos that show Jackson outside of her trailer during a photoshoot wearing a revealing red dress — without any visible tattoos, as Metro UK reports. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Paris Jackson Covered Up All of Her Tattoos for a New Photo Shoot," 19 July 2018 In a series of interviews, his first since being freed, Mr. Vinas gave an unusually revealing look at life inside Al Qaeda. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "He Turned on Al Qaeda and Aided the U.S. Now He’s on Food Stamps and Needs a Job.," 6 Mar. 2018 The gorgeous red gown, which managed to be both revealing and regal, was designed by Zuhair Murad Couture, and fit the actress perfectly. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Beckinsale Looks Just Like a Princess in This Zuhair Murad Crimson Gown," 3 Sep. 2018 There is no one explanation for what’s sidelining men — data suggest overlapping trends — but Butcher sits at a revealing vantage point. Jeanna Smialek, The Seattle Times, "Millennial men leave perplexing hole in hot US job market," 20 Nov. 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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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