AskDefine | Define reveal

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1 make visible; "Summer brings out bright clothes"; "He brings out the best in her"; "The newspaper uncovered the President's illegal dealings" [syn: uncover, bring out, unveil]
2 make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her" [syn: disclose, let on, bring out, discover, expose, divulge, impart, break, give away, let out]
3 make clear and visible; "The article revealed the policies of the government" [syn: display, show]
4 disclose directly or through prophets; "God rarely reveal his plans for Mankind"

User Contributed Dictionary



From French révéler, earlier Latin revelare, revelatum, to unveil, reveal.



  1. The outer side of a window or door frame; the jamb.
    ''The building has a one-story rusticated limestone base and a canopied entrance with a doorman beneath an attractive, rusticated limestone window reveal on the second floor and a very impressive and ornate limestone window reveal on the third floor flanked by female figures - Carter B Horsley - The Upper East Side Book
  2. (cinematography) A revelation; an uncovering of what was hidden.
    The reveal in that movie was great.



  1. To uncover; to show and display that which was hidden.
  2. To communicate that which could not be known or discovered without divine or supernatural instruction.


to uncover

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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