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 race to unmask Lady Whistledown is sure to heat up. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, "What to Expect From Bridgerton Season Two, Based on the Novels," 15 Jan. 2021 For the time being, experts say, there’s no free pass to unmask. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Three big vaccine challenges," 10 Dec. 2020 Take those persnickety precision police, who keep hounding us to unmask our meaning. Gary Gilson, Star Tribune, "New year, new opportunity to communicate clearly," 26 Dec. 2020 There was the hero George Smiley (nothing like the paper thin heroes of Ludlum and Clancy) who was seeking to unmask a Soviet mole, planted by his nemesis, a shadowy Soviet spymaster named Karla. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "What Reading le Carré Taught Me About My Father," 14 Dec. 2020 And even before the Trump years, Black feminists created #YourSlipIsShowing to unmask accounts pretended to be women of color in attempts to discredit social and racial justice work online. Britni De La Cretaz, refinery29.com, "From Burner Accounts To Patti LaBelle: What Is The Weirdest Part Of The Dean Browning Story?," 11 Nov. 2020 In a stream-of-consciousness style, radically lacking any punctuation and written in the bitterly accurate urban vernacular of the era, Adonis’ narration seemed to unmask an underground world. Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Why Luis Zapata’s breakthrough gay Mexican novel demands a new translation," 18 Nov. 2020 In 2016, in a case with striking similarities to what transpired at Credit Suisse, the chief executive of Barclays tried to unmask a whistle-blower, at one point asking an internal security team to intervene. Kate Kelly, New York Times, "The Short Tenure and Abrupt Ouster of Banking’s Sole Black C.E.O.," 3 Oct. 2020 And the assignment is to unmask who’s behind that Twitter account and see if it can be connected to, say, a short-seller. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A journalist-turned-detective on how corporate America depends on private sleuths," 31 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unmask

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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22 Jan 2021

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“Unmask.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmask. Accessed 22 Jan. 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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