Definition of reveal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    reveal

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈviːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈviːl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reveal
    BrE BrE//rɪˈviːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈviːl//
     
    he / she / it reveals
    BrE BrE//rɪˈviːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈviːlz//
     
    past simple revealed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈviːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈviːld//
     
    past participle revealed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈviːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈviːld//
     
    -ing form revealing
    BrE BrE//rɪˈviːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈviːlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to make something known to somebody synonym disclose reveal something (to somebody) to reveal a secret Details of the murder were revealed by the local paper. The doctors did not reveal the truth to him. Salted peanuts were recently revealed as the nation’s favourite snack. Her expression revealed nothing. reveal (that)… The report reveals (that) the company made a loss of £20 million last year. it is revealed that… It was revealed that important evidence had been suppressed. reveal how, what, etc… Officers could not reveal how he died. reveal somebody/something to be/have something Salted peanuts were recently revealed to be the nation's favourite snack. Language BankevidenceGiving proof There is clear evidence that TV advertising influences what children buy. It is clear from numerous studies that TV advertising influences what children buy. Recent research demonstrates that TV advertising influences children’s spending habits. Many parents think that TV advertising influences their children. This view is supported by the findings of a recent study, which show a clear link between television advertisements and children’s spending habits. The findings also reveal that most children are unaware of the persuasive purpose of advertising. There is little evidence that children understand the persuasive intent of advertising. The results contradict claims that advertising is unrelated to children’s spending habits. Manufacturers argue that it is difficult to prove that advertising alone influences what children buy.
  2. 2  to show something that previously could not be seen synonym display reveal something He laughed, revealing a line of white teeth. The door opened to reveal a cosy little room. X-rays revealed a fracture. reveal yourself She crouched in the dark, too frightened to reveal herself.
  3. see also revelation, revelatory, fail (2)
    Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French reveler or Latin revelare, from re- ‘again’ (expressing reversal) + velum ‘veil’.Extra examples A thorough search failed to reveal the murder weapon. He has been revealed as a traitor. I’m afraid I cannot reveal any more details at the moment. She refused to reveal the whereabouts of her husband. She would not reveal her true identity to the police. The door swung open to reveal a tall, gaunt figure. One of the oldest people in Britain has revealed her secret: a drop of brandy in her tea. Salted peanuts were recently revealed as the nation’s favourite snack.
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