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 The show, however, has a supernatural twist and lots of dramatic secrets to uncover as the teenagers get deeper and deeper into Holmes' world. Leah Marilla Thomas, refinery29.com, "The Irregulars’ Cast Of Scrappy Misfits Are Ready To Solve Some Mysteries," 26 Mar. 2021 To uncover more about the sale, Georgetown alumni created the Georgetown Memory Project in effort to identify those sold in the 1838 deal and their descendants. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Jesuits commit $100 million to the descendants of people the order once enslaved," 16 Mar. 2021 The Destiny community spent a whole lot of time after Forsaken trying to uncover the fate of its villain, Uldren Sov. Paul Tassi, Forbes, "‘Destiny 2’ Has A New Main Character And His Name Is Crow," 4 Mar. 2021 So much was left in WandaVision to uncover that the audience felt like there’s not enough time to reveal everything. Chris Smith, BGR, "Massive ‘WandaVision’ leak may spoil the epic battles in the finale," 1 Mar. 2021 Authorities are trying to uncover the source of the new outbreaks. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "‘Political moat’: China locks down 11 million to insulate Beijing from new COVID outbreak," 11 Jan. 2021 Increase the heat to medium, uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is fork-tender with a few dark spots, 8 to 10 minutes. Washington Post, "Bacon and breadcrumbs give this pantry-friendly pasta a delightful crunch," 23 Mar. 2021 Some of these toys include puzzles where your puppy needs to uncover a treat or get a treat to come out of a ball. Stephanie Shipman, chicagotribune.com, "How to keep a puppy entertained," 5 Mar. 2021 Engage the team around you to uncover the issue and what the options are for improving it. Jeff Hicks, Forbes, "Six Ways You Can Demonstrate Ownership To Show Leadership," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of uncover

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

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7 Apr 2021

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“Uncover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncover. Accessed 17 Apr. 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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