To reveal something is to show it or provide information about it. Often, something that is revealed was once a secret or a mystery:
- The company intends to reveal its plans for expansion at today’s meeting.
- My friend, Tom, revealed some disturbing facts about his past.
- Please don’t reveal the ending of the movie before I watch it.
- The man finally revealed a family secret that only he knew.
- The name of the suspect in the crime will be revealed by the police later today. ("Reveal" is in the passive voice in this sentence.)
- The police will reveal the identity of the suspect. ("Reveal" is in the active voice in this sentence.)
- The clothing she’s wearing reveals too much skin. (She’s showing too much of her body.)
The words "revealing" and "revealed" are used as adjectives:
- She’s wearing very revealing clothing.
- The Speedos he’s wearing are a little too revealing.
- The statements he made about his past were very revealing. (This information explains the motivation for his actions.)
- The actress held back nothing in a revealing interview with the magazine.
- The revealed information suddenly made everyone nervous.
Note: The opposite of "reveal" is "conceal." A person who conceals something, hides it: Batman conceals his true identity.
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This page was first published on December 20, 2013. It was updated on September 25, 2016.