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reveal

[ri-veel] /rɪˈvil/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make known; disclose; divulge:
to reveal a secret.
2.
to lay open to view; display; exhibit.
noun
3.
an act or instance of revealing; revelation; disclosure.
4.
Architecture.
  1. the part of the jamb of a window or door opening between the outer wall surface and the window or door frame.
  2. the whole jamb of an opening between the outer and inner surfaces of a wall.
5.
the framework or edge of an automobile window.
Origin of reveal
1325-1375
1325-75; (v.) Middle English revelen < Middle French reveler < Latin revēlāre to unveil (see re-, veil); (in defs 4 and 5) derivative of obsolete revale to lower < Old French revaler (re- re- + (a)valer to lower, verbal derivative of the phrase à val down; see vale)
Related forms
revealable, adjective
revealability, revealableness, noun
revealedly
[ri-vee-lid-lee, -veeld-] /rɪˈvi lɪd li, -ˈvild-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
revealer, noun
revealingly, adverb
revealingness, noun
revelative
[ri-vel-uh-tiv, rev-uh-ley-] /rɪˈvɛl ə tɪv, ˈrɛv əˌleɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
half-revealed, adjective
nonrevealing, adjective
prereveal, verb (used with object)
self-revealed, adjective
unrevealable, adjective
unrevealed, adjective
unrevealing, adjective
unrevealingly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. unveil, publish, impart, tell, announce, proclaim. Reveal, disclose, divulge share the meaning of making known something previously concealed or secret. To reveal is to uncover as if by drawing away a veil: The fog lifted and revealed the harbor. To disclose is to lay open and thereby invite inspection: to disclose the plans of an organization. To divulge is to communicate, sometimes to a large number of people, what was at first intended to be private, confidential, or secret: to divulge the terms of a contract.
Antonyms
1, 2. conceal, hide.
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Examples from the Web for revealing
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  • For once, he was revealing that fundamental egotism which is the characteristic of all his kind.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • And he proceeded very prudently, only revealing the truth by slow degrees.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • She had not given much heed to this, but she saw its justice now in a dash of revealing desire.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • He could see, too, that the matting had been cast aside, revealing the trap-door.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • She wore black furs, and a dark veil partially concealing her features, but revealing the strange pallor of her face.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for revealing

revealing

/rɪˈviːlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
of significance or import: a very revealing experience
2.
showing or designed to show more of the body than is usual or conventional: a revealing costume
Derived Forms
revealingly, adverb
revealingness, noun

reveal

/rɪˈviːl/
verb (transitive)
1.
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to disclose (a secret); divulge
2.
to expose to view or show (something concealed)
3.
(of God) to disclose (divine truths) either directly or through the medium of prophets, etc
noun
4.
(architect) the vertical side of an opening in a wall, esp the side of a window or door between the frame and the front of the wall
Derived Forms
revealable, adjective
revealability, noun
revealer, noun
revealment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reveler, from Latin revēlāre to unveil, from re- + vēlum a veil
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Word Origin and History for revealing
adj.

1590s, past participle adjective from reveal (v.). Related: Revealingly.

reveal

v.

late 14c., from Old French reveler "reveal" (14c.), from Latin revelare "reveal, uncover, disclose," literally "unveil," from re- "opposite of" (see re-) + velare "to cover, veil," from velum "a veil" (see veil (n.)). Related: Revealed; revealing.

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