undercover

adjective
un·​der·​cov·​er | \ ˌən-dər-ˈkə-vər How to pronounce undercover (audio) \

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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undercover adverb

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The complaint, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press, was initially filed in August on behalf of an undercover informant represented by the National Whistleblower Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy group. Michael Biesecker And Michael Liedtke, The Christian Science Monitor, "Facebook's latest low mark: selling illegal and threatened animal parts," 10 Apr. 2018 The complaint, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press, was initially filed in August on behalf of an undercover informant represented by the National Whistleblower Center, a non-profit legal advocacy group. Michael Biesecker And Michael Liedtke, chicagotribune.com, "Body parts from threatened wildlife widely sold on Facebook," 10 Apr. 2018 The complaint, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press, was initially filed in August on behalf of an undercover informant represented by the National Whistleblower Center, a non-profit legal advocacy group. CBS News, "Facebook showing ads promoting sale of body parts from threatened wildlife, complaint says," 9 Apr. 2018 Meghan has officially earned the title of master of undercover operations, having apparently made a solo trip to Canada while remaining completely unnoticed on the journey. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Flew Commercial For a Secret Three Day Solo Trip to Toronto to See Best Friend Jessica Mulroney," 31 Aug. 2018 According to the suit, authorities determined during undercover police operations in early February and early June that the property was still being used as a dispensary. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Newport Beach sues to halt what city calls a marijuana dispensary at Church of the Holy Grail," 3 July 2018 In 1993, Woewiyu – then serving as Taylor’s defense minister and chief spokesman — was caught up in an undercover sting operation conducted by U.S. customs officials hoping to snare a Florida arms smuggler. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "How a Delco man sought to use stolen U.S. military weapons to wage war in Liberia," 28 June 2018 The three were charged after an undercover operation turned into a shootout June 7 in Gary. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Men plead not guilty in Gary shootout that injured ATF agent," 22 June 2018 The program, which was rolled out in conjunction with the department’s undercover operation to address prostitution in high complaint areas, led to two arrests in April. Maya Moore, Courant Community, "South End Residents In Hartford Say Police Not Doing Enough To Stop Prostitution And Drug Dealing," 17 June 2018

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Proving their impressive undercover skills once again, the night out for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex somehow remained top secret for the duration of their time spent in London's West End. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Took a Secret Date Night to the Theatre," 4 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of undercover

Adjective

1920, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1962, in the meaning defined above

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undercover

adjective

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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