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


  • IPA(key): /daɪˈvʌld͡ʒ/, /dɪˈvʌld͡ʒ/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌldʒ


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.
    Synonym: disclose
    I will never divulge that secret to anyone.
    • 2016 December 8, “The president-elect's EPA head may not believe in climate change”, in The Economist:
      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, “How to Avoid Getting Married”, in Literary Lapses:
      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.
  2. To indicate publicly; to proclaim.


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