un·​cork | \ ˌən-ˈkȯrk How to pronounce uncork (audio) \
uncorked; uncorking; uncorks

Definition of uncork

transitive verb

1 : to draw a cork from uncork a bottle
2a : to release from a sealed or pent-up state uncork a surprise
b : to let go : release uncork a wild pitch

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Examples of uncork in a Sentence

uncork a bottle of wine The incident uncorked years of pent-up anger and frustration.
Recent Examples on the Web Oster's electric opener is completely cordless and can uncork up to 30 bottles of wine before needing to be recharged. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "52 meaningful gift ideas your wife will love," 11 Dec. 2020 Half a century later, every one of these shows and movies has a Dr. Science or Lieutenant Spy ready to uncork a catch-up monologue. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Falcons, Lokis, Nerd Canons, and Why You Don’t Have to Care," 6 Apr. 2021 At Vista Point, an open glass tasting room atop the winery’s highest ridge, uncork a bottle of Jordan’s signature Cabernets and drink in 360-degree views. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, "This California Winery Doubles as a Butterfly Sanctuary," 25 Mar. 2021 The Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener is an impressive gadget that can uncork her bottle of wine with just a touch of a button. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "52 meaningful gift ideas your wife will love," 11 Dec. 2020 The Vikings offense has the highest under-center rate in the NFL, with Cousins known for leaning on running back Dalvin Cook to uncork deep throws off play action. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Film review: Kirk Cousins, Vikings step out of mold to inch past Bears defense," 18 Nov. 2020 The cordless, rechargeable wine opener can uncork a bottle of wine with the press of a button—all for less than $20. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "The best deals to shop from Home Depot's competing Prime Day sale," 14 Oct. 2020 So uncork the champagne, treat yourself to a spa day, and bask in the glory of a job well done. Stefanie Gordon, Woman's Day, "How to Set Goals and Actually Achieve Them, According to the Pros," 27 May 2020 Locked in a hotly contested game against the Edmonton Oilers, Wild fourth liner Marcus Foligno uncorked a blistering wrist shot and beat goaltender Mike Smith with relative ease. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild fourth line changing the perception: ‘There’s a lot of skill there’," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of uncork

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

30 Apr 2021

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“Uncork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncork. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncork

: to remove a cork from (a bottle)
informal : to allow (something that was contained or controlled) to come out, escape, etc.

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