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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Lake lurker Barely a week after the release of Apex Legends, players have already uncovered an Easter egg. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Hollow Knight gets a sequel, Neill Blomkamp makes a live-action Anthem trailer," 15 Feb. 2019 Belgian media also reported uncovering plagiarism and dubious sourcing in his stories. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "Dutch magazine cuts ties with reporter over suspect stories," 23 Jan. 2019 Recently, Twitter has been locking about a million accounts a day, a Washington Post investigation uncovered. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Twitter removes fake accounts, users may see drop in followers," 12 July 2018 But in recent months, it's also been uncovered that this wasn't the only world wherein Jen Hart was entrenched. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 7: 'Stone-Cold Narcissist'," 22 Jan. 2019 Our back porch is uncovered and sits under a tree that drops huge leaves. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "No One Should Live Without a Push Broom," 12 Nov. 2018 Indeed, various insects and small crawling things — some never seen before by the participants — were uncovered as the youngsters took to the water with their colorful nets. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Discovering what lives beneath the surface," 13 July 2018 In Lehigh County, Controller Glenn Eckhart said his office’s fraud hotline has uncovered everything from scams targeting senior citizens to a vendor who had overcharged the county. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Delaware County never had a fraud hotline. Its new controller changed that," 7 June 2018 According to the staff of Egypt Today, Dietrich Raue head of the German mission says that the excavation also uncovered a quartzite gate from the temple the colossus was once part of in the recent dig. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "4,500 Newly Discovered Fragments Help Piece Together Massive Psamtik I Statue," 20 Apr. 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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