Definition of disclose in English:

disclose

Line breaks: dis|close
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈkləʊz
 
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verb

[with object]
1Make (secret or new information) known: they disclosed her name to the press
More example sentences
  • The author, former MI5 agent was himself imprisoned for six months for disclosing secret information to a newspaper.
  • If granted, the unprecedented lifetime injunctions would prevent the media from ever disclosing information which would identify the two released killers.
  • Prison officers face jail and a hefty fine for disclosing information about inmates under draft legislation published yesterday.
Synonyms
reveal, make known, divulge, tell, impart, communicate, pass on, vouchsafe, unfold; release, make public, broadcast, publish, report, unveil, go public with; leak, betray, let slip, let drop, blurt out, give away; admit, confess
informal let on, blab, spill the beans about, spill, let the cat out of the bag about, blow the lid off, squeal about
British informal blow the gaff
archaic discover, unbosom
1.1Allow (something hidden) to be seen: he cleared away the grass and disclosed a narrow opening descending into the darkness
More example sentences
  • It rolled up on a pair of silent hinges, disclosing a narrow stairwell.
  • Or you can travel to an ancient Indian temple to disclose a hidden treasure.
  • At the end of the path, turn right and push past some foliage to disclose a hidden pool.
Synonyms
uncover, expose to view, allow to be seen, reveal, show, exhibit, lay bare, bring to light
rare unclose

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French desclos-, stem of desclore, based on Latin claudere 'to close'.

Derivatives

disclosable

adjective
More example sentences
  • In the interim, the record of any disclosable donations to political parties made by such individuals during the build-up of the register will of course be transparent to the public.
  • The Appellant had been allowed to make representations but the source of the information was not disclosable.
  • Any comments made are likely to be disclosable.

discloser

noun
More example sentences
  • The act was also not supposed to entangle reporters in a net of prison sentences, either as recipients of leaks or as disclosers in their own right.
  • The purpose of such provisions would seem to be that suspicions should be conveyed and disclosers are not expected to be able to prove the truth of their allegations.
  • Subsequent disclosers may get off scot free, because the information is no longer ‘secret.’

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