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

Examples of uncover in a Sentence

Police uncovered a criminal plot. 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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More Definitions for uncover


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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