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divulge

Syllabification: di·vulge
Pronunciation: /dəˈvəlj
 
, dīˈvəlj
 
/

Definition of divulge in English:

verb

[with object]
Make known (private or sensitive information): I am too much of a gentleman to divulge her age
More example sentences
  • It explains the kinds of tactics interrogators are likely to use to coerce you into confessing or divulging information.
  • I didn't know this, and I'm considering legal action against Beth for not divulging that information.
  • However, the health board has been criticised by anti-abortion campaigners for not divulging information about the case.
Synonyms
disclose, reveal, tell, communicate, pass on, publish, broadcast, proclaim;
expose, uncover, make public, give away, let slip
informal spill the beans about, let on about, let the cat out of the bag about

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'announce publicly'): from Latin divulgare, from di- 'widely' + vulgare 'publish' (from vulgus 'common people').

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  • vulgar from (Late Middle English):

    Latin vulgus ‘the common people’ is the source of vulgar. The original senses, from the late Middle Ages, were ‘used in ordinary calculations’, which survives in vulgar fraction, and ‘in ordinary use, used by the people’, which survives in vulgar tongue. The sense ‘coarse, uncultured’ dates from the mid 17th century. Divulge (Late Middle English) is from the same root, from Latin divulgare ‘to spread among the people’, hence to make generally known.

Derivatives

divulgation

1
Pronunciation: /ˌdivəlˈɡāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Where an author has not entered into a contractual agreement to disclose a work, his or her right to control divulgation is absolute.
  • Unlike the French right of divulgation, the right of first publication limits the display right to a public display.
  • For him, these divulgations are unbearable.

divulgence

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Brushing this obviously significant divulgence aside, she surmised the unattainable brunette's history.
  • I think we all have a quarrel in ourselves between divulgence and concealment.
  • It's remarkable how much we're able to glean of this character through such little divulgence.

Words that rhyme with divulge

bulge, indulge, promulge

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