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[dih-sklohz] /dɪˈskloʊz/
verb (used with object), disclosed, disclosing.
to make known; reveal or uncover:
to disclose a secret.
to cause to appear; allow to be seen; lay open to view:
In spring the violets disclose their fragrant petals.
Obsolete. to open up; unfold.
Obsolete, disclosure.
1350-1400; Middle English disclosen, desclosen < Old French desclos-, stem of desclore, equivalent to des- dis-1 + clore to close < Latin claudere; see close
Related forms
discloser, noun
predisclose, verb (used with object), predisclosed, predisclosing.
self-disclosed, adjective
undisclosed, adjective
1. show, tell, unveil. See reveal. 2. expose.
1. conceal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The family's exact location and last name have not been disclosed.
  • His purpose is disclosed, only when it is accomplished.
  • In many instances, hardly anyone will see the information, and it won't be disclosed to the public.
  • The study authors searched a public database in which five manufacturing companies disclosed the amounts they paid consultants.
  • The location where the pair discovered the frogs has not been disclosed to protect the remaining habitat.
  • Its hosts should strive for broadmindedness while approaching controversial news topics with disclosed and well-understood biases.
  • His medical condition should have been disclosed then.
  • The financial crash has disclosed the need for an economic realignment.
  • These resulted in a scandal, and an ongoing investigation, over whether the losses had been properly disclosed.
  • But other than an announcement of exoneration, details of the case were never disclosed.
British Dictionary definitions for disclosed


verb (transitive)
to make (information) known
to allow to be seen; lay bare
Derived Forms
discloser, noun
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Word Origin and History for disclosed



late 14c., from Old French desclos "open, exposed, plain, explicit," past participle of desclore (Modern French déclore) "open, break open, unlock, reveal," from des- (see dis-) + clore "to close" (see close (v.)). Related: Disclosed; disclosing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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