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reveal

[ ri-veel ]
/ rɪˈvil /
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verb (used with object)

to make known; disclose; divulge: to reveal a secret.
to lay open to view; display; exhibit.

noun

an act or instance of revealing; revelation; disclosure.
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.
the framework or edge of an automobile window.

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Origin of reveal

First recorded in 1325–75; (verb) Middle English revelen, from Middle French reveler, from Latin revēlāre “to unveil” (see re-, veil); (in defs. 4, 5) derivative of obsolete revale “to lower,” from Old French revaler (re-re- + (a)valer “to lower,” verbal derivative of the phrase à val “down”; see vale)

synonym study for reveal

1, 2. 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for reveal

reveal
/ (rɪˈviːl) /

verb (tr)

(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

noun

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 of reveal

revealable, adjectiverevealability, nounrevealer, nounrevealment, noun

Word Origin for reveal

C14: from Old French reveler, from Latin revēlāre to unveil, from re- + vēlum a veil
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