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 In all those places lie exhibits’ worth of specimens that remain unknown, their world changing faster than scientists can uncover them. Eric Boodman, Wired, 29 May 2021 The researchers scanned almost 100 species’ skulls from dinosaur fossils and modern birds to uncover details about the extinct animals’ day-to-day lives. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2021 Now, Turner Classic Movies, documentarian Joshua Grossberg, and producers Joseph Schroeder and Gary Greenblatt are hoping to finally uncover it. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 29 Apr. 2021 Murphy’s matured instincts, assisted by his longtime screenwriter Barry Blaustein and by the friendly eye of Brewer, uncover surprising details of the black diaspora. Armond White, National Review, 12 Mar. 2021 Wheatley said the bill would hinder national media publications from shining a light on public records in Kentucky, highlighting past work to uncover details about Purdue Pharma's contribution to the state's opioid epidemic. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 26 Feb. 2021 If the multiverse is just a mirage, physics may still benefit from the bounty of tools being developed to uncover it. quantamagazine.org, 25 Jan. 2021 Among the debutantes, suitors, and royalty, there is scandal and secrecy—and a gossip sheet penned by the anonymous Lady Whistledown threatens to uncover it all. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Jan. 2021 Other journalistic investigations have sought to uncover a larger number of incidents of extremism in the military, and the results have been consistently damning. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of uncover

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

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6 Jun 2021

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“Uncover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncover. Accessed 15 Jun. 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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