un·​veil | \ ˌən-ˈvāl How to pronounce unveil (audio) \
unveiled; unveiling; unveils

Definition of unveil

transitive verb

1 : to remove a veil or covering from
2 : to make public : divulge, reveal a good time to unveil their plans

intransitive verb

: to throw off a veil or protective cloak

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Examples of unveil in a Sentence

The developer unveiled plans for a new housing complex. The company will unveil its newest product today.

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The toy company unveiled its Barbie David Bowie Doll, in which the signature plastic starlet transforms into the music legend’s iconic Ziggy Stardust stage persona. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Barbie gets dolled up as David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust," 12 July 2019 On the night of the actual game — 20 years ago Saturday — baseball unveiled its All Century team and Kevin Costner introduced the likes of Bob Feller, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Sandy Koufax. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Twenty years ago, Ted Williams was at Fenway for an All-Star Game for the ages," 12 July 2019 Then the Soviets unveiled the sphere at the 1965 Paris Air Show. David A. Taylor, Smithsonian, "From the Family Station Wagon to the Apollo Lunar Rover, My Dad’s Engineering Talent Had No Limits," 9 July 2019 The singer unveiled a spontaneous shoulder-length lob, first in a street style appearance, and later at the Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter show. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Celine Dion Just Debuted a Dramatic Lob Haircut at Paris Couture Week," 4 July 2019 The summit in Bahrain last week at which Jared Kushner unveiled his economic blueprint for peace was a farce. The Economist, "Donald Trump: foreign policy showman," 3 July 2019 Cindy's sons and daughter-in-law unveiled the portrait during the ceremony. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Cindy McCain, family celebrate 25th commissioning anniversary of USS John S. McCain," 2 July 2019 This month, Japan unveiled its plan to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and to zero in the second half of this century, though experts say that is not fast enough to prevent a 1.5-degree-Celsius warming in the planet. Washington Post, "Japan seeks climate leadership at G-20 summit but can’t kick its coal habit," 27 June 2019 The Trump administration last month unveiled a $16 billion aid package for farmers to offset losses from the 10-month trade war with China. NBC News, "Farmers are 'casualties' of Trump's trade war, agriculture secretary admits," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of unveil

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unveil

: to show or reveal (something) to others for the first time
: to remove a cover from (something) so that people can see it


un·​veil | \ ˌən-ˈvāl How to pronounce unveil (audio) \
unveiled; unveiling

Kids Definition of unveil

: to show or make known to the public for the first time The statue was unveiled. The mayor unveiled a new plan.

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