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The word reveal and its family (revealed, revealing, reveals, revelation, revelations) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun reveal

What does reveal mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: reveals

  1. The outer side of a window or door frame; the jamb.
  2. [context: cinematography] A revelation; an uncovering of what was hidden.

Definition of the verb reveal

What does reveal mean as a doing word?

Reveal is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: revealed | revealing | reveals

  1. make visible
  2. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
    • examples: The actress won't reveal how old she is | They reveal that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, object control with -ing]He characterized him as being smartVerbs with Predicative Complements: report
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, small clause]He characterized him to be smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]He characterized him as smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]He described how he could rise to high office
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]He revealed the children found
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-complement clause]He revealed if we should come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]He described how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-extraction]He revealed what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-infinitive clause]He revealed what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, subject control with -ing]They confessed stealing the moneyVerbs of Communication: acknowledge, admit, confess, proclaim
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, noun phrase with past participle]He confessed himself flummoxed
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, possessive with -ing]They confessed their stealing
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]I promised that I would come | They confessed that they had stolen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, to be]I admitted him to be a great smoker
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause]They confessed it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause] to [Recipient]I explained the matter to them | They confessed it to us
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]They confessed to us
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]I explained to her how it can be done | They confessed to us how it happened
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few wordsVerbs of Communication: advise, announce, articulate, blab, blurt, claim, confess, confide, convey, declare, mention, note, observe, proclaim, propose, recount, reiterate, relate, remark, repeat, report, say, state
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of reveal: break / bring out / disclose / discover / divulge / expose / give away / let on / let out / uncover / unwrap
    • more generic word: tell = let something be known
    • more specific terms:
    • cause: break / get around / get out
  3. disclose directly or through prophets

Alternative definition of the verb reveal


  1. [transitive] To uncover; to show and display that which was hidden.
  2. [transitive] To communicate that which could not be known or discovered without divine or supernatural instruction.


Who is Reveal?

Reveal: Mehrak Golestan is a British musician of Iranian descent.


  1. "Reveal" is the 12th album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 2001 on Warner Bros. After having adjusted to former drummer Bill Berry's departure and releasing Up to mixed response in 1998, R.E.M. released the more upbeat Reveal, co-produced with long-time collaborator Patrick McCarthy.
  2. "Reveal", written by Per Gessle with Marie Fredriksson, is the second single released from Swedish pop duo Roxette's 2006 album Roxette Hits.
  3. "Reveal" is an album by the new wave rock band Fischer-Z. In the summer of 1981 John Watts split up with his group, Fischer-Z, on the grounds that his art could not evolve within the context of the band.
    • genre: New Wave
    • released in (28 years ago)
  4. "Reveal" is the 2007 single by Roxette.
    • also known as Reveal: Single Version, Reveal: Remix Version
    • released on (7 years ago)
  5. "Reveal" is a musical album of Underwhelmed.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  6. "Reveal" is a musical album of BURNPILOT.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  7. "Reveal" is a musical album of Girish.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  8. "Reveal" is a musical EP of Dan Michaels.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  9. "Reveal" is a musical album of Jess Pillmore.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  10. "Reveal" is a musical album of Carnival Strippers.


"Reveal" is a short film, directed by Ignacio Estaregui.


  1. Reveal: In carpentry, a reveal is a feature resembling a rabbet, but constructed of separate pieces of wood. A reveal may typically be seen at the edge of a door or window, where the face molding is set back, often by a distance from 3/16" to 1/2" to reveal the edge of the casing plank.
  2. Reveal i a radio program.

Phrases with Reveal

  1. Reveal's Buckwheat
  2. to reveal

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Reveal

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Google previewProducing and Directing the Short Film and Video (2013)

by David K. Irving, Peter W. Rea

The reveal is a rich piece of film language usually requiring moving the camera. In this technique...

Google previewMothers in Academia (2013)

by Maria Castaneda, Kirsten Isgro

Beyond the rhetoric of choice and sacrifice, what this collection's testimonios reveal is the larger project of making “campuses moral workplaces” (Nelson 1997 , 258). There have been stories in these pages about women who refuse to be ...

Google previewR.E.M. | Fiction: An Alternative Biography (2012)

by David Buckley

II Reveal is a quite different album to Up. True, it shares Up's ...

Google previewUlster Loyalism after the Good Friday Agreement (2011)

History, Identity and Change by J. McAuley, G. Spencer

Thus, while it mayseem perversely quixotic todiscuss the future ofan Ulster Scots Academy or agitatefor an IrishLanguage Act duringa period of financial stringencywhatthese debates clearly reveal is that it isneither'bread and butterissues' or ...

Google previewThe British Political Elite and the Soviet Union (2013)

by Louise Grace Shaw

Nevertheless, what such considerations of co—operation and concern about Soviet reactions reveal is that British foreign policy towards the Soviet Union was not a result of impossible structural constraints, but rather a matter of willingness to ...

Google previewBruce Springsteen and Philosophy (2011)

Darkness on the Edge of Truth by Randall E. Auxier, Douglas R. Anderson

And what Springsteen and Chapman both reveal is that despite changes, this structure remains substantially in place in American culture in the twenty-first century. Misogyny is no ...

Google previewThe Whiplash Encyclopedia (2006)

by Robert Ferrari

Studies Reveal the Myth Summary 5.4.2 ...

Google previewThe Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (2009)

The A to Z Desktop Reference of Photoshop by Philip Andrews

R RESTORE PREFERENCES REVEAL IN EXPLORER R R RGB (RED, GREEN, BLUE) ROUNDED. Restore. Preferences. Menu: – Shortcut: Ctrl/Cmd Alt/Opt Shft Version: 6.0, 7.0, ...

Google previewCraftsman's Construction Installation Encyclopedia (2004)

by Stephen Diller, Janelle Diller

Using a gauge for consistency, mark the reveal of the trim on the window or doorjamb. 2. Cut the head piece first by measuring the distance between the two side reveal marks. Cut 45-degree miter cuts on each end. 3. Install the piece by ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering (2012)

by Christopher Gorse, David Johnston, Martin Pritchard, Martin Pritchard (BEng (Hons), PhD.)

reveal The area of wall at a jamb that is not covered ...

Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of Difficult Words (1882)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

veel', to uncover, to make known what was before concealed ; revealed, re.veeld'; reveal'-ing, reveal'-er. Bevelation, reV .S.lay" jhiln, a discovery , (in TheoL) the disclosures made in the Bible of God's plan of salvation. Latin rfveVitio ...

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Usage statistics about reveal

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb reveal:


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Quotes about Reveal

Lady, you can hide your age.
Remember, your child will reveal it.
Lady, you can hide your lust.
Remember, your eyes will reveal it.
21.09.2004 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of R1E1V4E1A1L1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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