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 new season, which will continue past the events of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel, brings Meryl Streep into the fold as Perry Wright's mother, eager to uncover what really happened to her son. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Big Little Lies Season 2 Brings Back Our Favorites Ladies—and Great Decor," 16 Apr. 2019 Nicky might be a mystery, but Milo did hint that there's still a lot to uncover for his character during the remaining nine episodes of season 3. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Milo Ventimiglia Just Dropped Major Spoilers for Season 3," 15 Jan. 2019 During that period, the FBI deployed a Tor exploit that allowed them to uncover those users' real IP addresses. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "ACLU to feds: Your “hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy”," 21 Dec. 2018 Authentic local cuisine can be hard to uncover, but down Raya Ubud, across from Starbucks, Nasi Ayam Betutu Pak Sanur is a four-table nasi campur shop named for its owner, whose chicken cooked five ways is a popular local breakfast. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 The story focuses on a small-town reporter struggling to uncover the dark inner workings of politics, which is one of our favorite kinds of adventure stories. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "The Newest Adventure Movies You Can Watch Right Now," 12 July 2018 This new biography of the great Italian composer is an attempt to uncover the man behind the art. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 best books of July: the Monitor's picks," 12 July 2018 To uncover evidence of the collision so many eons later, astronomers have to work like galactic archaeologists, sifting through myriad sources of surviving information to piece together a story consistent with the available evidence. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, "This Galactic Collision Shaped the History of the Milky Way," 8 July 2018 Today’s excavation is a bit more advanced than the first attempts to uncover the ancient city’s secrets. National Geographic, "Headless Pompeii Victim Wasn't Crushed to Death, After All," 29 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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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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