reveal

verb
re·​veal | \ ri-ˈvēl How to pronounce reveal (audio) \
revealed; revealing; reveals

Definition of reveal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make known through divine inspiration
2 : to make (something secret or hidden) publicly or generally known reveal a secret
3 : to open up to view : display the uncurtained window revealed a cluttered room

reveal

noun (1)
plural reveals

Definition of reveal (Entry 2 of 3)

: the act or an instance of showing, revealing, or disclosing something (such as surprising information or a new product) for the first time Last year, in the fall and holiday after the reveal of the iPhone 7, Apple sold 78.29 million phones.— Eric Limer … it's tough to discuss the final volume of the series without acknowledging some of the big reveals of its predecessors.— David Kamp The big end reveal isn't just a shock; it's deeply upsetting, an emotional gut-punch.— Matt Prigge That fact will eventually become evident, no doubt … . That is the art of the slow reveal.— Peter J. Boyer

reveal

noun (2)

Definition of reveal (Entry 3 of 3)

: the side of an opening (as for a window) between a frame and the outer surface of a wall also : jamb

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Other Words from reveal

Verb

revealable \ ri-​ˈvē-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce reveal (audio) \ adjective
revealer noun

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Verb

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

Examples of reveal in a Sentence

Verb She would not reveal the secret. The test revealed the true cause of death. It was revealed that they stole over $1 million. They revealed the plans for the new building. The expression on his face revealed how he felt. The curtain was lifted to reveal the grand prize. Pulling up the carpeting revealed the home's beautiful hardwood floors.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This feedback will reveal the effectiveness of your efforts and guide future improvements. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The Biden Administration hopes the records would reveal cases of suspiciously high spending and spur taxpayers to report income more accurately. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Further examination may reveal more about the nature of this restaurant — and perhaps some excellent recipes. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 This whistleblower will reveal her identity tonight, and she is scheduled to testify before Congress on Tuesday. NBC News, 3 Oct. 2021 One weekend in Los Angeles could reveal a lot about Cardinals, Sun Devils Arizona football holding walk-on tryouts amid 16-game losing streak and people had jokes NFL Game of the Week: Arizona Cardinals vs. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 1 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, the eight burglars had promised never to reveal themselves and went their separate ways. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021 The detective work is satisfying, but watching the investigation force the characters to reveal themselves and build an unanticipated bond is the real reward. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 Young scientists can learn about the rocky fragments from space that reveal clues about the sun and planets and view the museum’s meteorite collection. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of reveal

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1596, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1688, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reveal

Verb

Middle English revelen, from Anglo-French reveler, from Latin revelare to uncover, reveal, from re- + velare to cover, veil, from velum veil

Noun (2)

alteration of earlier revale, probably ultimately from Middle French ravaler to reduce the depth of (masonry or wood), literally, to take back down, from Old French, from re- + avaler to let fall — more at vail

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

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11 Oct 2021

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“Reveal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reveal. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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reveal

verb
re·​veal | \ ri-ˈvēl How to pronounce reveal (audio) \
revealed; revealing

Kids Definition of reveal

1 : to make known "Secrecy about what?" "That I cannot reveal."— Robert O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
2 : to show clearly The opened door revealed a messy room.

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