[ dih-vuhlj, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈvʌldʒ, daɪ- /

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

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

Nearby words

  1. divorcé,
  2. divorcée,
  3. divot,
  4. divulgate,
  5. divulgation,
  6. divulgence,
  7. divulse,
  8. divulsion,
  9. divulsive,
  10. divulsor

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for undivulged


/ (daɪˈvʌldʒ) /


(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 undivulged



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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