un·​cov·​er | \ ən-ˈkə-vər How to pronounce uncover (audio) \
uncovered; uncovering; uncovers

Definition of uncover

transitive verb

1 : to make known : bring to light : disclose, reveal uncover the truth
2 : to expose to view by removing some covering
3a : to take the cover from
b : to remove the hat from uncovered his head
4 : to deprive of protection

intransitive verb

1 : to remove a cover or covering
2 : to take off the hat as a token of respect

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Examples of uncover in a Sentence

Police uncovered a criminal plot. Archaeologists uncovered the ruins of an ancient city.

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Much of the game revolves around finding glowing orbs to uncover Kay’s memories. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Sea of Solitude is a haunting game that turns personal demons into literal monsters," 5 July 2019 Investigators were able to uncover clues via the public database GEDMatch, which hosts data people voluntarily upload from private testing services as a way to find matches with potential relatives who tested their DNA elsewhere. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "DNA testing can share all your family secrets. Are you ready for that?," 4 July 2019 The suit’s ongoing discovery process has the potential to uncover key information about Fidelity Charitable, which has only once before faced a lawsuit. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Today’s “working robber barons” have used a tax break to create a $110 billion charity stockpile, called donor-advised funds. It isn’t getting any smaller.," 2 July 2019 In response, the federal government launched the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Nanotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative in 2013 to uncover how the human brain works as an electrical machine. Kafui Dzirasa, WIRED, "A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering," 28 June 2019 PLTW Gateway empowers students to uncover a range of paths and possibilities for high school and beyond. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Brooks, Julian middle schools honored by Project Lead the Way," 24 June 2019 Scientists at National Jewish Health in Denver, working with families in the neighborhood, continue to uncover links between diesel exhaust and asthma. The Denver Post, "The Long Shadow," 22 June 2019 Together, father and son will hit the streets of Harlem to uncover the truth and find the perpetrator of the murder. Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘Toy Story 4’ open Friday," 20 June 2019 Following the Jaclyn Cosmetics scandal, Beauty Twitter has uncovered a video of Jaclyn Hill finding something stuck to her lipstick. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "A Clip Has Surfaced of Jaclyn Hill Finding Something Stuck to Her Own Lipsticks," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of uncover

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of uncover

: to remove a cover from (something)
: to find or become aware of (something that was hidden or secret)
: to allow (something) to be seen by removing a covering


un·​cov·​er | \ ˌən-ˈkə-vər How to pronounce uncover (audio) \
uncovered; uncovering

Kids Definition of uncover

1 : to make known usually by investigation Police uncovered a crime.
2 : to make visible by removing some covering We shoveled away the dirt to uncover the treasure.
3 : to remove the cover from He uncovered the pot.

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