uncover

verb
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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The inspector general’s job is to ensure that colorable allegations of misconduct against Justice Department officials (including FBI officials) are thoroughly examined, so that all of the relevant facts are uncovered. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The DOJ Will Not Prosecute James Comey over Trump Memos," 3 Aug. 2019 Recode and Vox have joined forces to uncover and explain how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Shirin Ghaffary, Vox, "Political tension at Google is only getting worse," 2 Aug. 2019 Over the last few years, Berges and a network of colleagues have uncovered a surprising answer. Quanta Magazine, "The Universal Law That Aims Time’s Arrow," 1 Aug. 2019 Since the diesel scandal was uncovered, Volkswagen has been repeatedly dragged back into its biggest corporate crisis. Los Angeles Times, "Audi ex-CEO is charged with fraud in VW diesel cheating scandal," 31 July 2019 Health authorities have uncovered an alarming surge in resistance to crucial HIV drugs. Scientific American, "Alarming Surge in Drug-Resistant HIV Uncovered," 30 July 2019 Hundreds of Metreon opening-year images were recently uncovered in The Chronicle archive, resurrecting that 1999 moment. San Francisco Chronicle, "Like everything else involved with the project, the chrome marketing folder was shiny and filled with hope, as if the owners were selling a new subdivision on the moons of Jupiter.," 26 July 2019 Future generations of students at Notre Dame, including Native Americans, could well demand that the murals be uncovered. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "The Case for Keeping San Francisco’s Disputed George Washington Murals," 26 July 2019 Though more than 800 rock tombs have so far been uncovered in Petra, this is the incomparable one. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of uncover

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

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uncover

verb

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

uncover

verb
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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