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1‘for operational reasons the police can't reveal his whereabouts’
divulge, disclose, tell, let out, let slip, let drop, let fall, give away, give the game away, give the show away, blurt, blurt out, babble, give out, release, leak, betray, open up, unveil, bring out into the open
go public on, go public with, make known, make public, bring to public attention, bring to public notice, broadcast, air, publicize, publish, circulate, disseminate, pass on, report, declare, post, communicate, impart, unfold, vouchsafe
confess, admit, lay bare
informal let on, spill, blab, let the cat out of the bag, dish the dirt, blow the lid off, take the lid off, blow wide open, come clean about
British informal cough, blow the gaff
2‘he let the garage door slide up to reveal a new car’
show, display, exhibit, disclose, uncover, expose to view, allow to be seen, put on display, put on show, put on view, bare
literary uncloak, unclothe
3‘the data can be used to reveal a good deal about the composition of Anglo-Norman households’
bring to light, uncover, turn up, expose to view, lay bare, unearth, dig up, excavate, unveil, unmask, detect, betray, be evidence of, indicate, demonstrate, manifest, evince, make clear, make plain
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