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 Needell’s hackneyed dialogue further unmask the movie’s lack of visual wonder and narrative cohesiveness. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: David Oyelowo’s ambitious directing debut, ‘The Water Man,’ runs lukewarm," 6 May 2021 For now, the CDC maintains that private, small gatherings where everyone is vaccinated are the only environments where people can reasonably unmask indoors with people from outside their household. Shannon Mcmahon, Condé Nast Traveler, "What the CDC's New Outdoor Masking Guidance Means for Travelers," 29 Apr. 2021 Vaccinated or not, an important factor in deciding to unmask outdoors is the levels of transmission and positivity in your area, Gupta said. Keri Enriquez, CNN, "Do we still need to wear a mask outdoors?," 22 Apr. 2021 Into the Storm chronicles director Cullen Hoback’s arguably successful three-year quest to unmask QAnon’s shadowy mastermind. Judy Berman, Time, "How Docu-Mania Took Streaming by Storm, From Tiger King to WeWork," 1 Apr. 2021 The singer, who debuted as a Wildcard contestant last week, had to momentarily unmask backstage and catch his breath. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "The Masked Singer recap: Niecy Nash shocks panelists and 'changes the game completely' during elimination," 7 Apr. 2021 Almost all raids target large exchanges, says Ondrej Krehel, chief of Lifars, a cybersecurity firm that helped unmask the culprits in one of Kim Jong-un’s most lucrative heists. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "These are the largest cyber thefts of the past decade—and 80% of them involve Bitcoin," 7 Apr. 2021 The registry is meant to help authorities unmask anonymous shell companies and track illicit money. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Treasury’s Financial Crimes Unit Shuffles Leadership," 2 Apr. 2021 The identity of Nakamoto has been the subject of fierce media scrutiny, with multiple investigations failing to unmask the mysterious bitcoin developer. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, "As Crypto Markets Plunge $400 Billion, Coinbase Reveals Major Bitcoin And Ethereum Price Risks," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unmask

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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Last Updated

10 May 2021

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“Unmask.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmask. Accessed 18 May. 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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