Quick answer
"Divulgar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to publicize", and "difundir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to spread". Learn more about the difference between "divulgar" and "difundir" below.
divulgar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to circulate)
a. to publicize
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El gobierno se encargará de divulgar la nueva normativa.The government will be responsible for publicizing the new regulations.
b. to publicise (United Kingdom)
Tenemos como objetivo divulgar los hechos relativos a esta situación.Our aim is to publicise the facts relating to this situation.
c. to spread
Personas sin escrúpulos divulgan noticias falsas para sembrar el pánico entre la población.Unscrupulous people spread false rumors in order to cause panic among the population.
d. to disseminate
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
Creo que divulgar información sobre el SIDA es muy importante.I believe that it's really important to disseminate information about AIDS.
e. to announce
¿Cuándo divulgó el comité los nombres de los nominados al premio?When did the committee announce the names of the award nominees?
2. (to let out)
a. to disclose
Divulgar esta información sería ilegal.It would be illegal to disclose this information.
b. to make public
No puedo creer que una persona aparentemente tan confiable haya divulgado el contenido de estos documentos.I can't believe that someone so apparently trustworthy has made the contents of these documents public.
c. to leak
Parece que un alto funcionario ha divulgado información a la prensa.A high-ranking civil servant seems to have leaked information to the press.
d. to reveal
No divulgaremos la identidad de los ganadores a menos que estos así lo deseen.We won't reveal the identity of the winners unless they want us to.
e. to divulge
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
El cura nos prometió que nunca divulgaría nuestro secreto.The priest promised that he would never divulge our secret.
3. (to make accessible)
a. to popularize
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Era un profesor de universidad dedicado a divulgar el conocimiento científico.He was a university professor devoted to popularizing scientific knowledge.
b. to popularise (United Kingdom)
Para mí lo que hace esta doctora para divulgar los conocimientos médicos es muy valioso.In my opinion, what this doctor is doing to popularise medical knowledge is very valuable.
divulgarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to circulate)
a. to spread
La noticia se divulgó rápidamente por las redes sociales.The news spread rapidly on social networks.
5. (to be revealed)
a. to be disclosed
Solamente se divulgó parte de la información al público en general.Only some of the information was disclosed to the general public.
b. to leak out
Se divulgó información altamente confidencial.Highly confidential information leaked out.
c. to be divulged
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
Lo que te voy a contar es confidencial y no debe divulgarse nunca.What I am about to tell you is confidential and must never be divulged.
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difundir(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to circulate)
a. to spread
Los medios difundieron el rumor sin verificarlo primero.The media spread the rumor without checking it first.
b. to broadcast
La emisora pública está difundiendo la ceremonia de los premios en directo.The public station is broadcasting the award ceremony live.
c. to issue
La asociación ecologista difundió una advertencia por la deforestación en la zona.The environmental association issued a warning about deforestation in the area.
d. to disseminate
El objetivo de la organización es difundir la cultura de nuestro país en el mundo.The aim of the organization is to disseminate our country's culture all over the world.
2. (physics)
a. to diffuse
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
(technical)
Las farolas difunden la luz que la ciudad necesita de noche.The street lights diffuse the light the city needs at night.
b. to give off
La lámpara del baño difunde una luz amarilla muy débil.The bathroom lamp gives off a very weak yellow light.
difundirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to circulate)
a. to spread
La noticia de la abdicación del Rey se difundió de inmediato por el país.The news of the King's abdication spread inmediately across the country.
4. (to disseminate)
a. to become diffused
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
(technical)
El calor se difunde por todo el edificio mediante el sistema de calefacción.The heat becomes diffused throughout the building by means of the heating system.
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