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Latin divulgare, from di- (widely) + vulgare (publish).


  • IPA(key): /daɪˈvʌldʒ/, /dɪˈvʌldʒ/


divulge (third-person singular simple present divulges, present participle divulging, simple past and past participle divulged)

  1. (transitive) To make public or known; to communicate to the public; to tell (information, especially a secret) so that it may become generally known
    I will never divulge that secret to anyone.
    • Dec 8, 2016, The Economist, The president-elect's EPA head may not believe in climate change
      In an interview with The Economist last year, he insisted his attack on the CPP had nothing to do with his views on global warming, which he would not divulge.
    • 1910, Stephen Leacock, Literary Lapses - How to Avoid Getting Married
      Here then is a letter from a young man whose name I must not reveal, but whom I will designate as D. F., and whose address I must not divulge, but will simply indicate as Q. Street, West.
    Synonym: disclose
  2. To indicate publicly; to proclaim.
    • John Milton
      God... marks The just man, and divulges him through heaven.


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