disclose

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English disclosen, from Middle French desclos, from Old French desclore, itself from Vulgar Latin disclaudere, from Latin dis- + claudere (to close, shut) or as a variant of discludo, discludere (cf. disclude).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɪsˈkləʊz/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊz

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To open up, unfasten.
    • 1631, [Francis Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      The estrich layeth her eggs under sand, where the heat of the discloseth them.
  2. (transitive) To uncover, physically expose to view.
    Synonyms: reveal, unveil
    • 1695, John Woodward, An Essay toward a Natural History of the Earth and Terrestrial Bodies, especially Minerals, &c
      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.
    Synonyms: reveal, unveil, divulge, publish, impart

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Noun[edit]

disclose (plural discloses)

  1. (obsolete) A disclosure.