divulge, disclose

divulge, disclose
These terms mean "to make known to others what was intended to be kept secret, private, or confidential." Divulge is more likely to be used when something previously secret is revealed to a small number of people or a particular group; disclose usually refers to a general sharing of knowledge or information with others: "Barbara divulged to her roommates her plan to be married within a month." "The Warren Commission attempted to disclose the facts concerning President Kennedy's assassination." Neither word is widely used, perhaps because reveal, tell, and expose convey much the same meaning.

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  • disclose — See divulge. See divulge, disclose …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • divulge — See divulge, disclose …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • disclose — dis·close /dis klōz/ vt: to make known or reveal to another or to the public Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. disclose …   Law dictionary

  • divulge — I verb acquaint, advertise, air, apprise bare, blurt out, break news, breathe, bring to light, broadcast, communicate, confide, disclose, divulgate, enlighten, evince, expose, impart, inform, lay bare, lay open, leak, let drop, let slip, make… …   Law dictionary

  • Divulge — Di*vulge , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Divulged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Divulging}.] [F. divulguer, L. divulgare; di = dis + vulgare to spread among the people, from vulgus the common people. See {Vulgar}.] 1. To make public; to several or communicate to the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disclose — Dis*close , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disclosed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disclosing}.] [OE. desclosen, disclosen, fr. disclos, desclos, not shut in, open, OF. desclos, p. p. of desclore to open, F. d[ e]clore; pref. des (L. dis ) + clore to shut, fr. L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • divulge — tell, disclose, *reveal, betray, discover Analogous words: impart, *communicate: announce, *declare, publish, advertise, proclaim: blab, tattle, *gossip …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • divulge — [v] make known; confess admit, betray, blab, blow the whistle*, broadcast, communicate, cough up*, declare, disclose, discover, exhibit, expose, fess up*, give away, go public*, gossip, impart, leak, let hair down*, let slip*, mouth, open up*,… …   New thesaurus

  • divulge — [də vulj′] vt. divulged, divulging [ME divulgen < L divulgare < di (< dis ), apart + vulgare, to make public < vulgus, the common people: see VULGAR] to make known; disclose; reveal SYN. REVEAL1 …   English World dictionary

  • disclose something secret — index confide (divulge) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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