Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To expose to view, as by removing a cover; uncover.
  • transitive v. To make known (something heretofore kept secret).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To open up, unfasten.
  • v. To uncover, physically expose to view.
  • v. To expose to the knowledge of others; to make known, state openly, reveal.
  • n. A disclosure

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Disclosure.
  • transitive v. To unclose; to open; -- applied esp. to eggs in the sense of to hatch.
  • transitive v. To remove a cover or envelope from;; to set free from inclosure; to uncover.
  • transitive v. To lay open or expose to view; to cause to appear; to bring to light; to reveal.
  • transitive v. To make known, as that which has been kept secret or hidden; to reveal; to expose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unclosed; open; made public.
  • To uncover; lay open; remove a cover from and expose to view.
  • To cause to appear; allow to be seen; bring to light; make known; reveal, either by indication or by speech: as, events have disclosed the designs of the government; to disclose a plot.
  • . To open; hatch.
  • Synonyms To unveil, unfold, discover.
  • To divulge, communicate, confess, betray.
  • To burst open, as a flower; unclose.
  • n. Disclosure; discovery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  • v. disclose to view as by removing a cover

Etymologies

Middle English disclosen, from Old French desclore, desclos- : des-, dis- + clore, to close (from Latin claudere).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English disclosen, from Middle French, from Old French desclore, itself from vulgar Latin disclaudere, from Latin dis- + claudere ‘to close, shut’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "I am sure his refusal to disclose comes from the same rationale that he justifies to hide his public schedule," said the source familiar with the arrangement at the Harvard Club.

    Len Levitt: Ray Kelly: Harvard Club Freeloader

  • Failure to disclose is one of the first things they warn you about when you become a senator; it comes right after they give you the key to the Senate elevator.

    October 2006

  • The information they disclose is available to the public and appears often in publications, most prominently The

    Why Americans Hate the Media

  • It happens on op-ed pages of newspapers every day when they bother to disclose, that is.

    Hullabaloo

  • The book's sophisticated analysis of concepts such as human rights and national security, its analysis of the varied "Asian" understandings of the role of the media, government and the basic ethical rules of business ethics, reveals that such common terms disclose a variety of widely different meanings.

    DFAT Speech: Australia in Asia

  • This release and the related conference call disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures.

  • He wrote a number of songs, choral pieces, part songs - once again titles disclose his passion for the time and place -

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • I do know that LL and actually almost all of the VWs Companies have no accountability / liability if they " disclose " my real ID and CC infos and all, to anyone , including the CIA and Al Qaida.

    MMORPG Terror

  • Unless Hastert can "disclose" that he reported Foley to the FBI and asked for an investigation months ago -- and, of coruse, he cannot -- then there aren't any "disclosures" which Hastert can make that will make a real difference.

    John Boehner = Denny Hastert, at least -- Plus, key questions for Tom Reynolds

  • Could a state require groups to "disclose" that they're not patriotic by the legislature's definition of that term?

    Balkinization

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