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/
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  • 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The ostrich layeth her eggs under sand, where the heat of the discloseth them.
  2. (transitive) To uncover, physically expose to view.
    Synonyms: reveal, unveil
    • (Can we date this quote by Woodward and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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
    • (Can we date this quote by Alexander Pope and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Her lively looks a sprightly mind disclose.
    • (Can we date this quote by Addison and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      If I disclose my passion, / Our friendship's at an end.

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Noun[edit]

disclose (plural discloses)

  1. (obsolete) A disclosure.