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.
Recent Examples on the Web As a Black person in America, far too often there is a stopping point when attempting to uncover family history. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "'Wandering in Strange Lands': Morgan Jerkins reclaims family roots in powerful pilgrimage," 31 July 2020 His discovery takes him on an enlightening mission to uncover and preserve the architect’s legacy. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Sidewalk Film Festival 2020: 37 spots filled on lineup for drive-in event," 30 July 2020 There are dune beaches for picnics, Native American history to uncover; hiking trails and — as summer visitors to the Cape know — New England's unpredictable weather. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Private Island Off Cape Cod Opens to Public for the First Time in 300 Years," 29 July 2020 Archaeologists in Tampa, Fla., have been working to uncover a lost Black cemetery from the early 20th century that was built over in the 1950s. Fox News, "Historic Black cemetery that was 'purposefully erased' during Jim Crow uncovered," 9 July 2020 Remove the can, uncover and let cool for at least 20 minutes. Washington Post, "Alfajores (Cornstarch Cookies With Dulce de Leche)," 2 July 2020 Eric Prendergast, principal investigator of archaeological consultancy Cardno, is leading the project to uncover the Zion Cemetery, which is beneath part of Robles Park Village, a public housing development. Fox News, "Historic Black cemetery that was 'purposefully erased' during Jim Crow uncovered," 9 July 2020 To do this, the player navigates sensitive conversations with survivors to uncover clues about the past. Jack Yarwood, Washington Post, "Can video games tactfully handle Nazism and its aftermath? These Czech historians say yes.," 6 July 2020 In response, bridge officials have engaged the help of sound consultants and are digging deeper to uncover when and how the phenomenon occurs. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Golden Gate Bridge’s new hum louder than expected, officials explore options to fix handrails," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of uncover

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

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The first known use of uncover was in the 14th century

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4 Aug 2020

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“Uncover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncover. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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 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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