[dih-vuhlj, dahy-]

verb (used with object), di·vulged, di·vulg·ing.

to disclose or reveal (something private, secret, or previously unknown).

Origin of divulge

1425–75; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīvulgāre, equivalent to dī- di-2 + vulgāre to make general or common, to spread (vulg(us) the masses + -āre infinitive suffix)
Related formsdi·vulge·ment, noundi·vulg·er, nounnon·di·vulg·ing, adjectiveun·di·vulged, adjectiveun·di·vulg·ing, adjective

Synonyms for divulge

See reveal.
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Examples from the Web for divulge

Contemporary Examples of divulge

Historical Examples of divulge

  • There will be no danger of that, Bududreen, for there will be no one to divulge our secret.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • She merely again urged the Princess never to divulge the secret.

  • Fandor understood that this was an official secret which Juve was not at liberty to divulge.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • Whatever it was that Vitelli wrote to Ramiro, this gentleman was not minded to divulge it.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • It occurred to Wilson that it might be just as well not to divulge his real destination.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for divulge



(tr; may take a clause as object) to make known (something private or secret); disclose
Derived Formsdivulgence or divulgement, noundivulger, noun

Word Origin for divulge

C15: from Latin dīvulgāre, from di- ² + vulgāre to spread among the people, from vulgus the common people
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Word Origin and History for divulge

mid-15c., from Latin divulgare "publish, make common," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + vulgare "make common property," from vulgus "common people" (see vulgar). Related: Divulged; divulging.

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