un·​mask | \ ˌən-ˈmask How to pronounce unmask (audio) \
unmasked; unmasking; unmasks

Definition of unmask

transitive verb

1 : to reveal the true nature of : expose
2 : to remove a mask from

intransitive verb

: to remove one's mask

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Examples of unmask in a Sentence

He was unmasked as a spy. the killer's identity won't be unmasked until the season's final episode
Recent Examples on the Web The guidance boils down to this: Fully vaccinated people can now unmask at small outdoor gatherings, or when dining outside with friends from multiple households. Paul Leblanc, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 After becoming the second member of Group C to get the chop, the lovable monster used his eight hands to unmask himself, revealing comedian and Full House star Bob Saget (as EW had predicted). Andrea Towers, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2021 But deciding which schools can unmask won’t be easy, and could hinge on vaccination rates. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 First, Céline Gounder of NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine joins us to discuss the issue of breakthrough coronavirus infections and whether the U.S. was too quick to unmask. Damian Garde, STAT, 22 July 2021 All visitors and staff at hospitals must continue to wear face masks, though vaccinated employees now can unmask in certain areas not open to patients or the public. BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2021 But in a shop in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood last Sunday, the desire to unmask escalated to the point of violence, said Rachel Cooper, the store’s director of operations. Billy Jean Louis, baltimoresun.com, 24 May 2021 The subs have been designed to minimize acoustic, electro-optic, infrared and magnetic signatures that might be used to unmask them. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 22 June 2021 The California Republican has spent years seeking to unmask such anonymous users and sue them for defamation. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of unmask

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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7 Sep 2021

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“Unmask.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmask. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unmask

: to reveal the true identity or nature of (someone or something)

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