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.

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Also, the Bears had a few mental mistakes that resulted in two defenders running with the same receiver, leaving another one uncovered for a catch-and-run. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ Week 2 win over the Broncos, including an offense that’s stuck and a defense that prevented huge chunk plays," 17 Sep. 2019 Add the green beans to the pot and continue cooking for 2 minutes more, uncovered, or until all the vegetables and the noodles are tender. BostonGlobe.com, "Provencal Vegetable Soup with Pistou (Soupe au Pistou)," 17 Sep. 2019 Sun Sentinel Google Earth uncovers car in pond — and skeleton of driver missing for 22 yearsWilliam Earl Moldt of Lake Worth resident was last seen in 1997. sun-sentinel.com, "Sun Sentinel Subscribers attend the Boca Raton Art Show," 16 Sep. 2019 What was Garoppolo thinking as Goodwin raced uncovered into empty space on the field’s left side, after lining up as a tight end on the right side? Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers key play: Goodwin scores TD, Garoppolo avoids blooper reel," 15 Sep. 2019 Indiana’s only touchdown came when a trick play late in the first half left tight end Peyton Hendershot uncovered for a 49-yard touchdown reception. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Ohio State football takes dominance on the road to Indiana in 51-10 victory," 14 Sep. 2019 The conversation prompted The Denver Post to uncover photos in decades-old Arapahoe High School yearbooks showing students wearing hoods that resembled those of the Ku Klux Klan. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "CSU won’t punish students who wore blackface in photo shared on social media, citing First Amendment," 11 Sep. 2019 According to court documents uncovered at Forbes, federal investigators have requested that Apple and Google turn over information about people who downloaded a gun scope app Obsidian 4. Wired, "Security News This Week: An Unprecedented Cyberattack Hit US Power Utilities," 7 Sep. 2019 In a February 2017 email exchange uncovered in court filings, Nike sports marketing colleagues Jamal James and Carlton DeBose discussed what to do. oregonlive, "Bad blood, betrayal turns L.A. coach into Nike whistleblower," 7 Sep. 2019

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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 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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