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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.
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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.
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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 for reveal

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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 for reveal

1, 2. conceal, hide.
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Related Words for revealed

confess, acknowledge, explain, affirm, divulge, publish, tell, inform, admit, declare, concede, report, announce, expose, disclose, display, unveil, avow, leak, communicate

Examples from the Web for revealed

Contemporary Examples of revealed

Historical Examples of revealed

  • Never before had he seen his sin in the light in which it was now revealed by God's Word.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Many of Hester's own thoughts were revealed to her that night by the side of the dead Moxy.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It revealed surely a tender heart, one responsive to a pure love.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Then, the bitterness of Garson's soul was revealed by the fierceness in his voice as he replied.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Something of what was in his mind was revealed in Garson's first speech after Griggs's going.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for revealed

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
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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
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Derived Formsrevealable, adjectiverevealability, nounrevealer, nounrevealment, noun

Word Origin for reveal

C14: from Old French reveler, from Latin revēlāre to unveil, from re- + vēlum a veil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for revealed

adj.

1560s, past participle adjective from reveal. Revealed religion, as opposed to natural religion, is attested from 1719.

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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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