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 That meant that in some instances, Alzabarah could not only help unmask an anonymous regime critic, but also pinpoint the person’s location. Bradley Hope, Wired, "A Saudi Prince's Attempt to Silence Critics on Twitter," 1 Sep. 2020 The sister of a Saudi dissident has told Bloomberg that a 2015 breach by two Twitter employees enabled the Saudi government to unmask several anonymous Twitter accounts whose tweets criticized the regime. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Report: 2015 Twitter breach targeted Saudi dissidents, led to arrests," 19 Aug. 2020 Victims and their families waited for decades to get justice and unmask the man who made a pattern of sneaking in to attack first women alone or with their children and then couples in their homes. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Golden State Killer's ex-wife breaks her silence as the former police officer awaits sentencing," 21 Aug. 2020 Profile photos that have been lifted from other sources are a clue disinformation investigators use to help unmask fake personas. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing," 5 Aug. 2020 Robert Gelder is wholly uninterested in Carmichael’s invitation, and attempts to unmask the program for its horrific goals. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Where Does Hanna Go After Season 2’s Deadly Finale?," 3 July 2020 Our author knows that the President is determined to unmask whistleblowers who may be in his midst. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Can President Trump block the publication of John Bolton’s book? History is not on his side, say experts," 17 June 2020 What sparks the hostility toward members of the group who are unmasked? Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "An exotic mask-wearing species walks among us," 22 May 2020 Panelist Jenny McCarthy suggested Zito’s identity a couple of weeks before he was unmasked, but this week, Ken Jeong decided to steal her guess. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "Blindsided By The Rhino? Why Masked Singer Fans Had This Baseball Player On The Brain All Along," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of unmask

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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6 Sep 2020

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“Unmask.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmask. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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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