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reveal

[ri-veel]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make known; disclose; divulge: to reveal a secret.
  2. to lay open to view; display; exhibit.
noun
  1. an act or instance of revealing; revelation; disclosure.
  2. Architecture.
    1. the part of the jamb of a window or door opening between the outer wall surface and the window or door frame.
    2. the whole jamb of an opening between the outer and inner surfaces of a wall.
  3. the framework or edge of an automobile window.

Origin of reveal

1325–75; (v.) Middle English revelen < Middle French reveler < Latin revēlāre to unveil (see re-, veil); (in defs 4, 5) derivative of obsolete revale to lower < Old French revaler (re- re- + (a)valer to lower, verbal derivative of the phrase à val down; see vale)
Related formsre·veal·a·ble, adjectivere·veal·a·bil·i·ty, re·veal·a·ble·ness, nounre·veal·ed·ly [ri-vee-lid-lee, -veeld-] /rɪˈvi lɪd li, -ˈvild-/, adverbre·veal·er, nounre·veal·ing·ly, adverbre·veal·ing·ness, nounre·vel·a·tive [ri-vel-uh-tiv, rev-uh-ley-] /rɪˈvɛl ə tɪv, ˈrɛv əˌleɪ-/, adjectivehalf-re·vealed, adjectivenon·re·veal·ing, adjectivepre·re·veal, verb (used with object)self-re·vealed, adjectiveun·re·veal·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·vealed, adjectiveun·re·veal·ing, adjectiveun·re·veal·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1, 2. unveil, publish, impart, tell, announce, proclaim. Reveal, disclose, divulge share the meaning of making known something previously concealed or secret. To reveal is to uncover as if by drawing away a veil: The fog lifted and revealed the harbor. To disclose is to lay open and thereby invite inspection: to disclose the plans of an organization. To divulge is to communicate, sometimes to a large number of people, what was at first intended to be private, confidential, or secret: to divulge the terms of a contract.

Antonyms

1, 2. conceal, hide.
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Examples from the Web for revealing

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  • For once, he was revealing that fundamental egotism which is the characteristic of all his kind.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The revealing is done by the commentators, who know nothing.

  • With every stage of it Newbury was revealing himself; and exploring her.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • It was almost as if he were assuring himself of the safety of revealing himself.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • And he proceeded very prudently, only revealing the truth by slow degrees.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for revealing

revealing

adjective
  1. of significance or importa very revealing experience
  2. showing or designed to show more of the body than is usual or conventionala revealing costume
Derived Formsrevealingly, adverbrevealingness, noun

reveal

verb (tr)
  1. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to disclose (a secret); divulge
  2. to expose to view or show (something concealed)
  3. (of God) to disclose (divine truths) either directly or through the medium of prophets, etc
noun
  1. architect the vertical side of an opening in a wall, esp the side of a window or door between the frame and the front of the wall
Derived Formsrevealable, adjectiverevealability, nounrevealer, nounrevealment, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French reveler, from Latin revēlāre to unveil, from re- + vēlum a veil
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Word Origin and History for revealing

adj.

1590s, past participle adjective from reveal (v.). Related: Revealingly.

reveal

v.

late 14c., from Old French reveler "reveal" (14c.), from Latin revelare "reveal, uncover, disclose," literally "unveil," from re- "opposite of" (see re-) + velare "to cover, veil," from velum "a veil" (see veil (n.)). Related: Revealed; revealing.

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