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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One fake that Rieppi uncovered recently came to her as a Monet landscape from a private collection. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "The Science of Uncovering Forged Paintings," 17 Sep. 2018 For many, getting the wheels out of the house could be like uncovering a whole new room. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Let’s organize the city outside our front door with as much care as we do our homes," 30 Aug. 2018 In 1959, experimental director Kenneth Anger published the book Hollywood Babylon, which claimed to uncover the truth behind the Hollywood's most famous figures. refinery29.com, "The New Season Of You Must Remember This Explores Hollywood’s First Fake News Hoax," 9 July 2018 As the shocking details emerged, Mr. Zuma’s new tax commissioner, Tom Moyane, called on KPMG to investigate, giving it a nearly $2 million contract to uncover the truth. New York Times, "Corruption Gutted South Africa’s Tax Agency. Now the Nation Is Paying the Price.," 10 June 2018 Kendrick is a mommy blogger who is uncovering the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend, played by Lively. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Why Blake Lively Deleted All Her Instagram Photos," 1 May 2018 Movie pitch: Black Caracal uncovers why the hell Netflix canceled The Get Down. Jermaine Fowler, GQ, "Black Panther," 14 May 2018 On the video, jurors could see the officer walk into the bedroom and uncover Hatter's body. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Man on trial for stabbing, slitting throat of ex-girlfriend in east Birmingham home," 1 May 2018 While one uncovers the beauty of the past, the other creates the beauty of the future, with a common bond; both are physically and intrinsically connected by the colours, mystery and goddamn chic that is Rome, this most eternal of cities. Alice B-b, A-LIST, "No Place Like Rome," 4 July 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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