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[ri-veel] /rɪˈvil/
verb (used with object)
to make known; disclose; divulge:
to reveal a secret.
to lay open to view; display; exhibit.
an act or instance of revealing; revelation; disclosure.
  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.
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 forms
revealable, adjective
revealability, revealableness, noun
[ri-vee-lid-lee, -veeld-] /rɪˈvi lɪd li, -ˈvild-/ (Show IPA),
revealer, noun
revealingly, adverb
revealingness, noun
[ri-vel-uh-tiv, rev-uh-ley-] /rɪˈvɛl ə tɪv, ˈrɛv əˌleɪ-/ (Show IPA),
half-revealed, adjective
nonrevealing, adjective
prereveal, verb (used with object)
self-revealed, adjective
unrevealable, adjective
unrevealed, adjective
unrevealing, adjective
unrevealingly, adverb
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.
1, 2. conceal, hide. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unrevealing
Historical Examples
  • Baffled for the moment, he was silent, watching her unrevealing face.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • They are poker eyes—gray-blue, cold, penetrating, unrevealing.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street
  • The stout man was unknown to Ben, perhaps one of the replacements signed on at Kingston; a greasy, unrevealing face.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • As Randal spoke thus at length, he watched anxiously his patron's reserved, unrevealing countenance.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Joy had burst asunder the last ligaments, so fretted away in unrevealing sorrow.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • William here paused; again dropped the pebbles into the stream, and glanced furtively on the unrevealing face of the Earl.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The face of the American Indian is said to be unrevealing—to be a stoic mask under which his emotions are ever hidden.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • She looked at me with the set, unrevealing expression which I had seen once or twice already.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • It submerged at once, and went due south at twelve knots an hour below the unrevealing seas.

    Walking Shadows Alfred Noyes
  • The straight, hard lines of her lean figure were a complement to her gleaming, unrevealing eyes.

    No Clue James Hay
British Dictionary definitions for unrevealing


verb (transitive)
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to disclose (a secret); divulge
to expose to view or show (something concealed)
(of God) to disclose (divine truths) either directly or through the medium of prophets, etc
(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 Forms
revealable, adjective
revealability, noun
revealer, noun
revealment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reveler, from Latin revēlāre to unveil, from re- + vēlum a veil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unrevealing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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