verb (used with object), dis·closed, dis·clos·ing.

  1. to make known; reveal or uncover: to disclose a secret.
  2. to cause to appear; allow to be seen; lay open to view: In spring the violets disclose their fragrant petals.
  3. Obsolete. to open up; unfold.


  1. Obsolete. disclosure.


  1. not made known or revealedan undisclosed sum

verb (tr)

  1. to make (information) known
  2. to allow to be seen; lay bare

adj.1560s, from un- (1) “not” + past participle of disclose. v.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.

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