Describe vs Disclose - What's the difference?

describe | disclose |

As verbs the difference between describe and disclose

is that describe is (label) to represent in words while disclose is (obsolete) to open up, unfasten.

As a noun disclose is

(obsolete) a disclosure.




  • (label) To represent in words.
  • * November 2 2014 , Daniel Taylor, " Sergio Ag├╝ero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United,"
  • Yet the truth is that City would probably have been coasting by that point if the referee, Michael Oliver, had not turned down three separate penalties, at least two of which could be accurately described as certainties.
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  • (label) To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out.
  • * 1826 , (James Fenimore Cooper), (The Last of the Mohicans)
  • Uncas described an arc in the water with his own blade, and as the canoe passed swiftly on, Chingachgook recovered his paddle, and flourishing it on high, he gave the war-whoop of the Mohicans.
  • To give rise to a geometrical structure.
  • To reveal a new species by scientifically explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other species.
  • (label) To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class.
  • * Bible, (w) xviii. 9
  • Passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book.


    * (to represent in words) portray, betell, depict, report * (to represent in writing) bewrite




  • (obsolete) To open up, unfasten.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The ostrich layeth her eggs under sand, where the heat of the discloseth them.
  • To uncover, physically expose to view.
  • * Woodward
  • 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.
  • To expose to the knowledge of others; to make known, state openly, reveal.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Her lively looks a sprightly mind disclose .
  • * Addison
  • If I disclose my passion, / Our friendship's at an end.


    * divulge * impart * publish * reveal * unveil


    * cover up

    Derived terms

    * discloser


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A disclosure