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[dih-sklohz] /dɪˈskloʊz/
verb (used with object), disclosed, disclosing.
to make known; reveal or uncover:
to disclose a secret.
to cause to appear; allow to be seen; lay open to view:
In spring the violets disclose their fragrant petals.
Obsolete. to open up; unfold.
Obsolete. disclosure.
Origin of disclose
1350-1400; Middle English disclosen, desclosen < Old French desclos-, stem of desclore, equivalent to des- dis-1 + clore to close < Latin claudere; see close
Related forms
discloser, noun
predisclose, verb (used with object), predisclosed, predisclosing.
self-disclosed, adjective
undisclosed, adjective
1. show, tell, unveil. See reveal. 2. expose.
1. conceal. Unabridged
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  • They are such utter bounders that I have no desire to disclose my identity to them.

    Golden Stories Various
  • He seemed to have some inner source of mirth he did not care to disclose.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • It seemed a veritable betrayal of her mistress to disclose such a sordid matter as the search for a pawn ticket.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • We will now disclose the secret tie between this man and Jane Zeld.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • It was he who persuaded the pundits of Bengal to disclose the treasures of Sanskrit to European scholars.

British Dictionary definitions for disclose


verb (transitive)
to make (information) known
to allow to be seen; lay bare
Derived Forms
discloser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disclose

late 14c., from Old French desclos "open, exposed, plain, explicit," past participle of desclore (Modern French déclore) "open, break open, unlock, reveal," from des- (see dis-) + clore "to close" (see close (v.)). Related: Disclosed; disclosing.

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