un·cov·er | \ ən-ˈkə-vər \
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 sarcophagus itself is 6 feet tall, 8.6 feet long and more than 5 feet wide, making it the largest sarcophagus ever uncovered in Alexandria, according to Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Abigail Abrams, Time, "A Mysterious Sarcophagus That May Not Have Been Opened in 2,000 Years Was Found in Egypt," 14 July 2018 Consumers would scratch off a gold medal uncovering an Olympic event. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Build-a-Bear blunder: Other company promotions that epically failed," 13 July 2018 However, the memos indicate that the bulk of the information flow at the meeting went the other way, with the AP journalists providing the FBI with a bevy of facts [it] uncovered during its inquiries into Manafort's work and finances. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 Search warrants were served at the Days Inn and, based on evidence uncovered, detectives were able to identify the four suspects. CBS News, "Police seeking 2 women seen with suspect in teen sisters' rape," 5 July 2018 Add carrots; cook uncovered until crisp-tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 5 minutes. Drain. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Pack up a picnic of Spanish tapas to feed a crowd," 3 July 2018 But Idaho was left uncovered, in part because the Idaho delegation took no action. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "Nuclear tests gave these Idahoans cancer, they say. Will Congress support them now?," 27 June 2018 Thu 6/28: Oak Park Festival Theatre uncovers hidden depths in You Can’t Take It With You. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This The film Superfly and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week," 25 June 2018 Add 1/2 cup of the wine to the chicken breasts in pan to simmer, reducing heat and cooking uncovered for 10 minutes or until chicken breasts show no sign of pink when cut into. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "‘Goat’ herb garden always within convenient kitchen reach," 22 June 2018

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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 \
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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