Definition of revealing in English:



  • 1Making interesting or significant information known, especially of a personal nature.

    ‘a revealing radio interview’
    • ‘The way someone says ‘no’ often can be more revealing than the actual information requested.’
    • ‘Equally revealing is Lung's denial that he made Lucy a drunkard.’
    • ‘Dennis Quaid sat down with me for a very revealing interview just before his new movie premiered.’
    • ‘History will record only the bare statistics, but the figures are less revealing than the timing of their accumulation.’
    • ‘Is this your most personal and revealing film?’
    • ‘Eight of the mutant alleles have revealing molecular lesions that allowed them to be sorted into four groups.’
    • ‘The implications of political apathy and cowardice are all the more significant for these revealing admissions.’
    • ‘What was particularly revealing was the way Dr Brash handled the intimidation.’
    • ‘Remnick's strength is an eye for the simple, revealing detail.’
    • ‘Aside from the revealing personal anecdotes, we learn something of what it was like to be a visiting fellow at the Center for Public Choice.’
    • ‘Check out the transcript of this very revealing interview on the Crikey website here.’
    • ‘What we find here is flagrant spin, a revealing glimpse into the sympathies of the reporter.’
    • ‘What's even more revealing is how the elite has come to see itself as ethically flawed.’
    • ‘In this case too, sources outside official histories have proved to be particularly revealing.’
    • ‘Now let us turn to a more philosophical but equally revealing look at these matters.’
    • ‘Since the shah and his queen kept separate bedrooms, this is a revealing detail.’
    • ‘The debacle has provided a revealing glimpse of how the profit system functions.’
    • ‘Not answering is not a way to get out of revealing information.’
    • ‘In the end I can't say I lived with McGee but I did gain a revealing insight into his life.’
    • ‘Her rather revealing history lesson was cut short at the sharp protestations of the door as it was pushed open.’
    meaningful, expressive, eloquent, informative, revealing, indicative, suggestive, symbolic, relevant, pregnant, knowing, telling, pithy, valid, purposeful
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    1. 1.1(of an item of clothing) allowing more of the wearer's body to be seen than is usual.
      ‘a very revealing dress’
      • ‘Last but not least, young ladies should avoid wearing revealing dresses in the public.’
      • ‘Too many people, though - many of them female - still seem to think that a woman demeans herself when she wears a revealing dress.’
      • ‘I should really have got her to stand behind me, in a revealing dress, rubbing my shoulders.’
      • ‘Women wearing revealing dress and the desperate looks associated with drug addiction can be spotted in front, usually at night, but often in broad daylight.’
      • ‘She's wearing a revealing evening dress and proceeds to drape herself over various parts of the car's anatomy.’
      • ‘Their classmates, club regulars, arrive around 8:30, wearing even tighter and more revealing outfits.’
      • ‘The room door hissed and Crystal entered, dressed in a rather revealing skirt that didn't look at all appropriate to a combat training assignment.’
      • ‘Warren noticed she wore the same revealing black dress she had on the previous night and guessed that maybe she was going out once again for her nightly stroll.’
      • ‘There were two other girls in equally revealing outfits.’
      • ‘If my predictions were true, Lorraine would be wearing a very revealing scarlet red dress, showing off her cleavage and long legs.’
      • ‘Torn and revealing black clothing made her fair skin and mahogany eyes stand out dramatically.’
      • ‘Passing a few girls on the way there, she seemed to be dressed the most classic, other girls wearing much more modern and revealing dresses.’
      • ‘He yelled, pointing at the revealing outfit I had to wear that weekend.’
      • ‘Anyway, I've never worn very revealing clothes because of my insecurity issue.’
      • ‘She always seems to find a place in Georgia to find tight revealing clothes.’
      • ‘Some wore rather revealing clothing, making Kyra wonder whether they sold their bodies for money.’
      • ‘Obviously I look much hotter than that now and wear more revealing clothing.’
      • ‘Looking down the street Mother saw Mrs. V.'s daughter Annie walking toward them in a shockingly revealing dress for the 1940s.’
      • ‘We all express astonishment at how the women can withstand the near zero temperatures dressed in small, revealing tops.’
      • ‘In Rome, a creature dressed in revealing and form-fitting clothes like these, no matter how beautiful she was, would have been considered a whore and a disgrace to her family.’