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

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Check out their introduction video below: The Alien ended up surviving the night, so they weren't unmasked. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""The Masked Singer" Fans Think Kendall Jenner is One of the Celebs Under the Mask This Season," 10 Jan. 2019 Moss jumps back and forth in time to try to unmask the killer, exploring different timelines and suspects. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Margaret Cho, who was recently unmasked as the real Poodle (sorry, Judge Judy), spilled the details to E! Megan Stein, Country Living, "A 'Masked Singer’ Contestant Reveals if the Singers Know Who Else Is Competing on the Show," 30 Jan. 2019 With the Alien in the bottom 3 this week, there's a good chance they could be unmasked in the next episode. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""The Masked Singer" Fans Think Kendall Jenner is One of the Celebs Under the Mask This Season," 10 Jan. 2019 Upon being unmasked, Mr. Dean became a security consultant and private spy for clients including the government of China. Graeme Wood, WSJ, "‘Nine Lives’ Review: Betraying al Qaeda," 31 July 2018 The weakest performer of the night was eliminated and unmasked. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Masked Singer' Is Fox's Outrageous New Show That No One Can Stop Watching," 3 Jan. 2019 In the classic mystery novel, a detective gathers the main characters together and slyly interrogates each one until the lies unravel, the truth becomes clear and the murderer is unmasked. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "How bubbles and risk came together to cause the panic 10 years ago," 26 June 2018 At a hearing today, that mysterious individual was finally unmasked. Jay Willis, GQ, "Michael Cohen Is on a One-Way Train to Screwsville," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unmask

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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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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