From Middle English disclosen, from Middle French desclos, from Old French desclore, itself from Vulgar Latin disclaudere, from Latin dis- + claudere (“to close, shut”) or as a variant of discludo, discludere (cf. disclude).
- (transitive, obsolete) To open up, unfasten.
- 1631, [Francis Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. […], 3rd edition, London: […] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee […], OCLC 1044372886:
- The estrich layeth her eggs under sand, where the heat of the discloseth them.
- (transitive) To uncover, physically expose to view.
- 1695, John Woodward, An Essay toward a Natural History of the Earth and Terrestrial Bodies, especially Minerals, &c:
- The shells being broken, […] the stone included in them is thereby disclosed and set at liberty.
- 1972, Vladimir Nabokov, Transparent Things, McGraw-Hill 1972, p. 13:
- Its brown curtain was only half drawn, disclosing the elegant legs, clad in transparent black, of a female seated inside.
- (transitive) To expose to the knowledge of others; to make known, state openly, reveal.
- If I disclose my passion, / Our friendship's at an end.
- (to expose to the knowledge of others): bring to light, expose, reveal; See also Thesaurus:divulge
- (to make known, state openly): impart, make known, publish; See also Thesaurus:announce
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disclose (plural discloses)