To make known what has been or should be concealed. Reveal may apply to supernatural or inspired revelation of truths beyond the range of ordinary human vision or reason [divine will as revealed in sacred writings].
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Revelation n [ME, fr. MF, fr. LL revelation-, revelatio, fr. L revelare to reveal] [14c] 1a: an act of revealing or communicatng divine truth b: something that is revealed by God to humans 2a: an act of revealing to view or making known b: something that is revealed; esp: an enlightening or astonishing diclosure [shocking __s] c: a pleasant often enlightening surprise [her talent was a __] 3 cap: an apocalyptic writing addressed to early Christians of Asia Minor and included as a book in the New Testament -called also Apocalypse: see Bible Table
1 Reveal vt [ME revelen, fr. MF reveler, fr. L revelare to uncover, reveal, fr. re- + velare to cover, veil, fr. velum veil] [14c] 1: to make known through divine inspiration 2: to make [something secret or hidden] publicly or generally known [__ a secret] 3: to open up to view: Display [the uncurtained window __ed a cluttered room] syn Reveal, Disclose, Divulgge, Tell, Betray mean to make known what has been or should be concealed. Reveal may apply to supernatural or inspired revelation of truths beyond the range of ordinary human vision or reason [divine will as revealed in sacred writings]. Disclose may imply a discovering but more often an imparting of information previously kept secret [candidates must disclose their financial assets]. Devulge implies a disclosure involving some impropriety or breach of confidence [refused to divulge an anonymous source]. Tell implies an imparting of necessary or useful information [told them what he had overheard]. Betray implies a divulging that represents a breach of faith or an involuntary or unconscious disclosure [a blush that betrayed her embarrassment].
2 Reveal n [alter. of earlier revale, fr. ME revalen to lower, fr. MF revaler fr. re- + val valley -more at Vale] : the side of an opening [as for a window] between a frame and the outer surface of a wall: also : Jamb
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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