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.
See also: reveal, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Once in Holland, my course had been influenced by circumstances which were perfectly natural, by commonplace discoveries which might have revealed themselves to any man in my position.
Woman and the sea revealed themselves to me together, as it were: two mistresses of life's values.
QUIRKY Matt and Luke have new fans BROS PUT A CAT AMONG PIGEONS The surprise joy of my Christmas was watching the Bros documentary, where the Goss brothers revealed themselves to be the missing link between David Brent and Alan Partridge.
? The Blues family stays together Once again Birmingham City revealed themselves to be a club with a heart.
QPR were not able to profit from their latest win with an improved league position, but have revealed themselves to be a combative team with a fighting chance of survival.
Larry learns that despite Roman success in some areas, they did meet fierce opposition, not least from the Carthaginians, who revealed themselves to be every bit as cunning and resourceful as their opposition.
Donald Judd, one of the preeminent artists associated with Minimalism, created objects that revealed themselves to the viewer with a direct honesty, using simplified forms to avoid illusionism and compositional hierarchies.
BLACKBURN ROVERS revealed themselves to be a club without a conscience by sacking Tony Parkes.
Drivers aged under 30 revealed themselves to be the most flexible and considerate in their attitude to others.
The paintings, on the other hand, were not Stouts or Rileys - no, in fact, the rood pinwheels not only blushed with pastel tones (actual, not optical, unless my eves were playing tricks on me), but on closer inspection, the pictures' surfaces revealed themselves to have been collaged with printed paper, lending them a wrought delicacy that undercut the mechanical designs.
"In the past year, Aston Villa revealed themselves to be an interested party but we did not accept the proposal.
The Lib Dems, meanwhile, revealed themselves to be fans of Austin Powers: Goldmember.
Just weeks after cocking up the location and legality of their boss's wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles, they've once again revealed themselves to be incompetent, underhand and careless.