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 And because effective benchmarking is an ongoing process, following best practices can uncover issues, outline new ideas and increase efficiencies in the progress toward diversity goals. Stephen Bailey, Forbes, "Development Equity: The Key To Improving Leadership Diversity," 11 May 2021 Excavators had to dig another five feet into the soil in order to uncover the rest of the remains. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Las Vegas Residents Discover Ice Age Animal Bones While Building a Swimming Pool," 4 May 2021 Wesson and DuPay managed to uncover the scheme anyway, leading the feds to bust a traveling salesman, Charles Eugene Wright, in Las Vegas. oregonlive, "The detective who knew too much: Don DuPay’s Portland police career haunts him. He’s still trying to get justice," 3 May 2021 The mobile system will be able to quickly cover or uncover the underground structures below, to both protect them from rain or allow them to be aired out. BostonGlobe.com, "A $22 million upgrade to Rome’s Colosseum will restore majestic view," 2 May 2021 If investigators uncover what appears to be a serious policy violation, the case is sent to the Office of Police Accountability. NBC News, "Most officers never fire their guns. But some kill multiple people — and are still on the job.," 22 Apr. 2021 Troy-Bilt’s Arctic Storm is a serious contender for folks with a lot of ground to cover, or uncover as the case may be. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Snowblowers for Digging Yourself Out," 9 Sep. 2020 But with every move documented and every statement dissected, how much more is there to uncover about the longest-serving monarch? Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The 5 Most Fascinating Reveals About Queen Elizabeth II in Nat Geo’s New Documentary," 31 Aug. 2020 That’s the tougher piece for a scout to uncover, is what motivates the guy. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "'It's not something you can predict': Bengals hope to break streak of top-pick injuries," 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of uncover

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

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13 May 2021

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“Uncover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncover. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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