AskDefine | Define divulge

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divulge v : make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her" [syn: disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, impart, break, give away, let out]

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Latin divulgare, from di- 'widely' + vulgare 'publish'.


  1. To make public; to several or communicate to the public; to tell (a secret) so that it may become generally known; to disclose; -- said of that which had been confided as a secret, or had been before unknown; as, to divulge a secret.
    • Divulge not such a love as mine. -Cowper.
  2. To indicate publicly; to proclaim.
    • God . . . marks The just man, and divulges him through heaven. --Milton.


To make public
To indicate publicly; to proclaim

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