di·​vulge | \ də-ˈvəlj How to pronounce divulge (audio) , dī- \
divulged; divulging

Definition of divulge

transitive verb

1 : to make known (something, such as a confidence or secret) refused to divulge the name of her informant divulge the company's sales figures
2 archaic : to make public : proclaim

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divulgence \ də-​ˈvəl-​jən(t)s How to pronounce divulge (audio) , dī-​ \ noun

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reveal, disclose, divulge, tell, betray 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 disclose may imply a discovering but more often an imparting of information previously kept secret. candidates must disclose their financial assets divulge implies a disclosure involving some impropriety or breach of confidence. refused to divulge an anonymous source tell implies an imparting of necessary or useful information. told them what he had overheard betray implies a divulging that represents a breach of faith or an involuntary or unconscious disclosure. a blush that betrayed her embarrassment

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It isn't vulgar to make known the roots of divulge - and that sentence contains two hints about the word's origin. "Divulge" was borrowed into Middle English in the 15th century from Latin divulgare, a word that combines the prefix dis-, which meant "apart" or "in different directions" in Latin, with vulgare, meaning "to make known." "Vulgare," in turn, derives from the Latin noun vulgus, meaning "mob" or "common people. As you have no doubt guessed, English "vulgar" is another word which can be traced back to "vulgus"; it came into use about a century before "divulge."

Examples of divulge in a Sentence

The company will not divulge its sales figures. we tried to make him divulge the name of the winner, but he wouldn't budge
Recent Examples on the Web Pacers fought with Nate Bjorkgren, each other but Rick Carlisle wants to mend fences Coach Rick Carlisle declined to divulge who is or is not vaccinated, or the Pacers’ vaccination rate, although Pritchard subsequently did so. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Sep. 2021 When asked for further details on the complaints and any current action being taken, Vice President of Communications Walter Kraft did not divulge further information. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, 16 Sep. 2021 The day after the team finalized its roster cuts, Belichick wouldn’t divulge much about the move. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2021 That being said, Hartline did not divulge how deep the receivers will rotate in the season opener against Minnesota. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 26 Aug. 2021 The Federal Reserve will divulge its thinking about the next months and years' worth ofmonetary policy at Friday's virtual Jackson Hole Symposium. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 Jones didn’t divulge terms of the deal, which keeps him in the No. 43 Chevrolet. Michael Marot, ajc, 22 Aug. 2021 Jones didn’t divulge terms of the deal, which keeps him in the No. 43 Chevrolet. Mia Berry, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2021 No matter how the question was phrased, the Duncanville coach wouldn’t divulge his plans for the future. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of divulge

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for divulge

Middle English, from Latin divulgare, from dis- + vulgare to make known, from vulgus mob

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“Divulge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divulge. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of divulge

: to make (information) known : to give (information) to someone


di·​vulge | \ də-ˈvəlj How to pronounce divulge (audio) , dī- \
divulged; divulging

Kids Definition of divulge

: to make known to others : reveal, disclose divulge a secret

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