Thesaurus

reveal

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of reveal

1 to make known (as information previously kept secret)
  • at the end of the book, the detective reveals the identity of the mysterious stranger

Synonyms for reveal

Words Related to reveal

Phrases Synonymous with reveal

Near Antonyms for reveal

Antonyms for reveal

2 to make known (something abstract) through outward signs
  • a habitual smirk that reveals his contempt for other people

Synonyms for reveal

Words Related to reveal

Near Antonyms for reveal

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About reveal

How does the verb reveal differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of reveal are betray, disclose, divulge, and tell. While all these words mean "to make known what has been or should be concealed," reveal may apply to supernatural or inspired revelation of truths beyond the range of ordinary human vision or reason.

divine will as revealed in sacred writings

When is betray a more appropriate choice than reveal?

The words betray and reveal are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, betray implies a divulging that represents a breach of faith or an involuntary or unconscious disclosure.

a blush that betrayed her embarrassment

When can disclose be used instead of reveal?

While in some cases nearly identical to reveal, disclose may imply a discovering but more often an imparting of information previously kept secret.

candidates must disclose their financial assets

When could divulge be used to replace reveal?

While the synonyms divulge and reveal are close in meaning, divulge implies a disclosure involving some impropriety or breach of confidence.

refused to divulge an anonymous source

In what contexts can tell take the place of reveal?

The synonyms tell and reveal are sometimes interchangeable, but tell implies an imparting of necessary or useful information.

told them what he had overheard

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about reveal

Time Traveler for reveal

Time Traveler

The first known use of reveal was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Reveal.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/reveal. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on reveal

Dictionary: Definition of reveal

Nglish: Translation of reveal for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of reveal for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!