If you make a disclosure, you reveal information not previously known — either because it's new information or because it's been kept secret. Disclosure of new evidence at a trial could reveal that the accused is innocent of the crime.

The noun disclosure derives from the Old French word desclos, meaning "open, exposed, plain, explicit." If you make a disclosure, you put something out in the open, usually information that was formally secret. After the disclosure of your huge credit card debt, your parents might make you get a job. The disclosure that nicotine is really addictive has motivated many people to quit smoking. The disclosure of one coworker's salary to another could lead to bitter jealousy.

Definitions of disclosure
  1. noun
    the act of making something evident
    synonyms: revealing, revelation
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    singing, tattle, telling
    disclosing information or giving evidence about another
    behavior that makes your feelings public
    divulgement, divulgence
    the act of disclosing something that was secret or private
    something that is discovered
    (law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case
    an unintentional disclosure
    informing, ratting
    to furnish incriminating evidence to an officer of the law (usually in return for favors)
    leak, news leak
    unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information
    the disclosure of something secret
    a deliberate display of emotion for effect
    a display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated
    sackcloth and ashes
    a display of extreme remorse or repentance or grief
    expose, unmasking
    the exposure of an impostor or a fraud
    the exposure of scandal (especially about public figures)
    type of:
    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
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