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 On Wednesday, after a two-week hiatus thanks to the World Series, The Masked Singer returned with a two-hour episode, during which two celebrities were unmasked. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Wayne Brady Addresses Whether or Not He's the Thingamajig on The Masked Singer," 7 Nov. 2019 Two Wednesdays ago, fans saw Paul Shaffer unmasked as the Skeleton. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Masked Singer' Makes a Big Episode Announcement That Has Fans “Crying” and “Going Crazy”," 5 Nov. 2019 Trump meanwhile renewed his demand to unmask the whistleblower who exposed the Ukraine scandal — a bold step for a President already under investigation for abuse of power. Stephen Collinson Cnn, CNN, "All the revelations of the past 24 hours in Washington, DC," 5 Nov. 2019 But while Turla was ultimately unmasked, the operation adds a new dimension of uncertainty for digital investigators. Wired, "A Brief History of Russian Hackers' Evolving False Flags," 21 Oct. 2019 By Charles Duhigg After Biden was unmasked, Trump was urged to quickly hang up by Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, Bill Barr, Betsy DeVos, and a half-dozen other senior Administration officials who had been listening in on the call. Jenny Kroik, The New Yorker, "The N.Y.C. Bridal Struggle," 15 Oct. 2019 This process unmasks pigments typically overpowered by chlorophyll, creating the beautiful colors associated with fall foliage. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "This Interactive Map Shows Fall Foliage Predictions Across the U.S.," 9 Oct. 2019 Then came the Civil War, which unmasked the fiction of women’s innocent irrelevance. Chandra Manning, Washington Post, "How women impacted the Civil War — and changed the rules of warfare," 11 July 2019 The Justice Department enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which was enacted in 1938 to unmask Nazi propaganda in the United States. NBC News, "Top D.C. lawyer takes stand in own defense in case tied to Mueller probe," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unmask

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of unmask was in 1562

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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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