Share this entry

Share this page

divulge

Line breaks: di|vulge
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈvʌldʒ
 
, dɪ-/

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, make known, tell, impart, communicate, pass on, publish, broadcast, proclaim, promulgate, declare;
expose, uncover, make public, go public with, bring into the open, give away, let slip, let drop, blurt out, leak, confess, betray, admit, come out with
informal spill the beans about, let the cat out of the bag about, let on about, tell all about, blow the lid off, squeal about
British informal blow the gaff on
archaic discover, unbosom

Origin

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

More
  • 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: /-ˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/
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

Definition of divulge in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day snarf
Pronunciation: snɑːf
verb
eat or drink quickly or greedily