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[dih-vuhlj, dahy-] /dɪˈvʌldʒ, daɪ-/
verb (used with object), divulged, divulging.
to disclose or reveal (something private, secret, or previously unknown).
Origin of divulge
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīvulgāre, equivalent to dī- di-2 + vulgāre to make general or common, to spread (vulg(us) the masses + -āre infinitive suffix)
Related forms
divulgement, noun
divulger, noun
nondivulging, adjective
undivulged, adjective
undivulging, adjective
See reveal. Unabridged
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  • His protector is acquainted with the secret of his royal birth, but would incur the penalty of death were he to divulge it.

  • It was impossible for him to divulge the secret to his Form.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • Are you fool enough to think that he will divulge those secrets to you?

    Mischievous Maid Faynie Laura Jean Libbey
  • What they said to each other in these circumstances it does not become us to divulge.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • You are not to divulge to anyone the sender of these flowers.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for divulge


(transitive; may take a clause as object) to make known (something private or secret); disclose
Derived Forms
divulgence, divulgement, noun
divulger, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dīvulgāre, from di-² + vulgāre to spread among the people, from vulgus the common people
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Word Origin and History for divulge

mid-15c., from Latin divulgare "publish, make common," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + vulgare "make common property," from vulgus "common people" (see vulgar). Related: Divulged; divulging.

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