Definition of disclose in English:



  • 1 Make (secret or new information) known:

    ‘they disclosed her name to the press’
    • ‘The company was also accused of failing to disclose information properly.’
    • ‘He asked people to send in anonymous postcards (via snail mail) disclosing big secrets in their lives.’
    • ‘Sometimes it is almost impossible to advise a couple to agree to settle their affairs because there is a suspicion that one side is not disclosing full information.’
    • ‘And anyone involved in ID card administration who improperly discloses information will face up to two years' jail.’
    • ‘If granted, the unprecedented lifetime injunctions would prevent the media from ever disclosing information which would identify the two released killers.’
    • ‘Prison officers face jail and a hefty fine for disclosing information about inmates under draft legislation published yesterday.’
    • ‘Even then was trying to avoid disclosing the secret of his worries.’
    • ‘A person may be bound by contract express or implied to abstain from disclosing certain information to others.’
    • ‘A new format was introduced, disclosing information on the use of raw material, and other uses of cost reports were suggested.’
    • ‘It also sparked a public and media outcry for more government transparency in disclosing information and defending the public right to know.’
    • ‘By disclosing information about yourself, it aids the other person in understanding who you are and how you are understanding them.’
    • ‘Typically, the issue is not whether to disclose the information, but how.’
    • ‘Do not use, copy or disclose the information in any way nor act in reliance on it and notify the sender immediately.’
    • ‘He said they were not disclosing this information because they believed it would not be helpful.’
    • ‘It is our company policy not to disclose that information in order to protect the privacy of our customers.’
    • ‘Any civil servant who is proven to have leaked the information should face prosecution for disclosing confidential information.’
    • ‘The author, former MI5 agent was himself imprisoned for six months for disclosing secret information to a newspaper.’
    • ‘The psychologist may feel strongly that disclosing the information will be detrimental to the patient's welfare.’
    • ‘A check of the notes reveals that this information was disclosed in a biography of 1932.’
    • ‘The delicate nature of his work prevents him from disclosing information about future missions to his wife.’
    reveal, make known, divulge, tell, impart, communicate, pass on, vouchsafe, unfold
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    1. 1.1 Allow (something hidden) to be seen:
      ‘he cleared away the grass and disclosed a narrow opening descending into the darkness’
      • ‘Or you can travel to an ancient Indian temple to disclose a hidden treasure.’
      • ‘It rolled up on a pair of silent hinges, disclosing a narrow stairwell.’
      • ‘At the end of the path, turn right and push past some foliage to disclose a hidden pool.’
      uncover, expose to view, allow to be seen, reveal, show, exhibit, lay bare, bring to light
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Late Middle English: from Old French desclos-, stem of desclore, based on Latin claudere to close.