disclose

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English disclosen, from Middle French, from Old French desclore, itself from vulgar Latin disclaudere, from Latin dis- + claudere ‘to close, shut’.

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disclose (third-person singular simple present discloses, present participle disclosing, simple past and past participle disclosed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To open up, unfasten.
    • Francis Bacon
      The ostrich layeth her eggs under sand, where the heat of the discloseth them.
  2. (transitive) To uncover, physically expose to view.
    • Woodward
      The shells being broken, [] the stone included in them is thereby disclosed and set at liberty.
    • 1972, Vladimir Nabokov, Transparent Things, McGraw-Hill 1972, p. 13:
      Its brown curtain was only half drawn, disclosing the elegant legs, clad in transparent black, of a female seated inside.
  3. (transitive) To expose to the knowledge of others; to make known, state openly, reveal.
    • Alexander Pope
      Her lively looks a sprightly mind disclose.
    • Addison
      If I disclose my passion, / Our friendship's at an end.

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Noun[edit]

disclose (plural discloses)

  1. (obsolete) A disclosure