uncover

verb un·cov·er \ ən-ˈkə-vər \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of uncover

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

Examples of uncover in a Sentence

  1. Police uncovered a criminal plot.

  2. Archaeologists uncovered the ruins of an ancient city.

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First Known Use of uncover

14th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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UNCOVER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of uncover for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

uncover

verb un·cov·er \ ˌən-ˈkə-vər \

Definition of uncover for Students

uncovered; uncovering
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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