undercover

adjective
un·​der·​cov·​er | \ ˌən-dər-ˈkə-vər \

Definition of undercover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: acting or executed in secret specifically : employed or engaged in spying or secret investigation an undercover agent

undercover

noun

Definition of undercover (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person engaged in undercover activity : spy

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Examples of undercover in a Sentence

Adjective

an undercover operation to infiltrate the terrorist organization for months she's been an undercover agent pretending to be a drug dealer

Noun

within the city was a well-organized fifth column, and these undercovers would make themselves known as soon as the invading forces breached the city limits
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Sensitive Pisceans will revel in the warm-hearted love story between an undercover reporter named Amber (Rose McIver) and a bachelor prince (Ben Lamb) in this Netflix original. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 Then, she was filmed by News of the World offering Mazher Mahmood, an undercover reporter acting as a businessman, access to her ex-husband for more than $660,000 (£500,000). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How Sarah Ferguson Rebuilt Her Net Worth and Relationship With the Royal Family," 29 June 2018 The taut drama about two Russian spies leading an undercover life as an American couple was relatively unappreciated when awards were handed out each year. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "‘The Americans’ gets going-away present from Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Jerry Jacobson and his network of mobsters, psychics, strip-club owners and drug traffickers won almost every prize for 12 years, until the FBI launched an undercover scam sting called Operation Final Answer. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Uber is dumping its controversy-plagued self-driving truck business," 31 July 2018 This time, an undercover journalist recorded her seemingly offering to sell access to her ex. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Proves Sarah Ferguson Is Back in the Royal Fold," 12 Oct. 2018 At issue is a defendant who engaged in two small-dollar drug transactions with undercover police officers. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Opens New Term Without Ninth Justice in Place," 30 Sep. 2018 Police called the sting, which involved multiple undercover officers, both male and female, a routine operation. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "Stormy Daniels dances at another Ohio club night after arrest," 13 July 2018 Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said in an interview with The Washington Post early Thursday morning that after Daniels's performance at Sirens strip club, she was approached by undercover officers informing her that she would be arrested. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Stormy Daniels arrested at an Ohio strip club for touching patrons, police say," 12 July 2018

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The weakest link As a 27-page affidavit written by FBI Special Agent David Knight explained, the case began when an Ohio law enforcement officer, Larry McCoy, began posing undercover in January 2018 on Craigslist. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Cops told suspect he had to open iPhone X with his face, so he did," 2 Oct. 2018 But politics hasn’t been the typical career path for veterans of the spy services or former top national security staff members, especially those who spent most of their time working undercover or handling highly classified information. Byron Tau, WSJ, "The Candidates Who Came in From the Cold," 9 Aug. 2018 Police made seven undercover buys from Degan between December and early February and arrested him on Feb. 7, the document said. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Winthrop man pleads not guilty to drug charges; $1 million in cash seized," 23 May 2018 Haspel has spent most of her 33-year CIA career undercover, and her role in the George W. Bush administration interrogation and detention program has generated significant opposition to her selection. Jeremy Herb, CNN, "Warner asks Haspel to fix 'unacceptable' public disclosure of her record," 7 May 2018 Haspel, who has spent the majority of her CIA career undercover, is facing public scrutiny for the first time. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Feinstein has had Gina Haspel over for dinner, but has 'deep concerns' about the CIA nominee | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 The intelligence community has largely rallied around the nomination of Haspel, who spent most of her career in the CIA undercover. Manu Raju And Jeremy Herb, CNN, "Trump's CIA pick faces growing Hill scrutiny over destruction of interrogation tapes," 17 Apr. 2018 Linna enlists a colleague, Saga Bauer, to enter the hospital undercover. Ken Tucker, New York Times, "‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Goes Nordic Noir," 13 Apr. 2018 WrestleMania 30 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Charlotte was an extra (undercover), helping lead Triple H to the ring. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "WrestleMania 34 is full of Flair, but Rousey, Nicholas steal the show | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of undercover

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1920, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1962, in the meaning defined above

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undercover

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English Language Learners Definition of undercover

: done or working in a secret way in order to catch criminals or collect information

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