reveal to (someone or something)

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reveal to (someone or something)

1. To disclose, divulge, or make known something to someone or some group. A noun or pronoun is used between "reveal" and "to." I revealed my new strategy to the board of directors, but they weren't nearly as receptive to it as I'd hoped. A magician should never reveal her secrets to anyone.
2. To show or display some concealed person or thing to someone or some group; to expose someone or something to the view of another person or group. A noun or pronoun is used between "reveal" and "to." The film never reveals the killer to the you, instead allowing you to draw your own conclusions. He pulled back the curtain and revealed the new product to the excited audience. The masked vigilante promised to reveal himself to the public once the city's crime rate was under control.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

reveal someone or something to someone

to show or disclose someone or something to someone. The magician opened the door of the cabinet and revealed his assistant to the audience. I revealed my secret to no one. She stepped out from behind the tree and revealed herself to the hostess.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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As we turned and moved again through the temple, I wished that the illustrious men who had sat in it in the remote ages could visit it again and reveal themselves to our curious eyes--Plato, Aristotle, Demosthenes, Socrates, Phocion, Pythagoras, Euclid, Pindar, Xenophon, Herodotus, Praxiteles and Phidias, Zeuxis the painter.
Many such might reveal themselves to the higher knowledge gained by her in that companionship.
Many of the displays are two-page productions, while others add quotes to compliment the stunning visuals, as in Thich Nhat Hanh's "For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them." This quote is juxtaposed by a lovely full-page image of a Chilean scorpion in full display.
Things that may at first seem straightforward often reveal themselves to be not quite what they seem.
For example, cherries reveal themselves to be bold red lips.
Maybe David Cameron or Ed Miliband will reveal themselves to be men of vision and purpose rather than the puppets of spin doctors who have them mouthing bland, general evasive statements.
The dial features the 3D hour markers that appear as simple bars when viewed from above, but reveal themselves to be the Arabic numerals when seen from an angle.
And burger recipes like the promising-sounding George's Powerburger reveal themselves to be lightweights, the lean ground beef cut with such atrocities as bread crumbs, oat bran, and even something called TVP ("textured vegetable protein") to shield us from calories.
Soon the stories of the women and their families reveal themselves to be entwined.
Her subjects reveal themselves to us in ways they could never anticipate.
culture reveal themselves to students, follow-up language/culture learning activities are limited only by the creativity of the instructor.
It falls short of a full on classic and there's times in the lyrics when the self- conscious almost Betjemanesque poetry strikes more than the emotion it's supposed to evoke, but with repeated listening the majority of his monsters reveal themselves to have wings of angels.
"Sometimes pieces reveal themselves to you," Ensler says of her writing process.
And he believes they might soon be about to reveal themselves to us.
Through flashbacks, dialogue, and direct monologues the other characters reveal themselves to the audience.