GRE® Verbal Practice | Sentence Equivalence Q13

Synonyms for 'bring to public knowledge'

This sentence equivalence question focuses on words that are synonymous with bringing information to public knowledge for the first time. Try the question without looking at the answer explanation. If you face difficulty in arriving at the correct answer, take help from the detailed explanation provided below.

Question 13: In her candid memoirs, the chief secretary to the President ________ several details about the scandal which the public was not aware of.

  1. betrayed
  2. divulged
  3. informed
  4. revealed
  5. penned
  6. conceded

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Explanatory Answer

Meanings for the words given in this question are provided in the table. Before going through the detailed explanation, check whether you are able to arrive at the answer after knowing meanings for the words.

S No. Word Meaning
1 betrayed revealed unintentionally
2 divulged made a secret known
3 informed made known
4 revealed opened up. made a secret known
5 penned wrote
6 conceded acknowledged as true

This is a question which tests your knowledge of the various shades of meanings of words which all have more or less the same meaning.

Till the memoirs were written, the public did not know the details that the chief secretary was privy to. But the secretary published these details in a book several years after the scandal. So, he/she divulged or revealed the details to the general public.

“Betrayed” indicates that the information was given involuntarily. “Informed” indicates that the details were just made known to the public. There is no element of surprise or significance. “Penned” just means wrote. “Conceded” indicates that it was accepted as true (which means that she had been denying it till that point).

Choices B & D are the correct answers.

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