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.
Recent Examples on the Web And while the Raiders would have preferred to unveil the new stadium to a full capacity of fans, supporters weren't allowed to enter due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Ben Morse, CNN, "Las Vegas Raiders christen 'Death Star' stadium with victory over New Orleans Saints," 22 Sep. 2020 But that didn't stop Coach from enlisting celebrities to help unveil its spring/summer 2021 collection. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Moss Makes a Surprise Appearance at Coach Spring/Summer 2021 Fashion Show," 22 Sep. 2020 That’s vital, because automakers like Ford, GM, Toyota, Hyundai, Honda and Fiat Chrysler can make or break a show by deciding to unveil exciting new vehicles there — or not. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show moves to fall, snatching prime fall window from L.A. Auto Show," 21 Sep. 2020 President Trump promised on Monday to unveil his nomination for Supreme Court justice this coming weekend, following funeral services for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. David Harsanyi, National Review, "The Democrats’ Bogus Concern for SCOTUS ‘Norms’," 21 Sep. 2020 Also during October, the Big Read Program will unveil a mural project created on the CLICK Community Kitchen in Willimantic. courant.com, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 18 Sep. 2020 Justin Trudeau’s main rival tested positive for coronavirus five days before the Canadian prime minister is scheduled to unveil a new agenda that could trigger an election. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Adds Almost 50,000 Cases; France Hits Record: Virus Update," 18 Sep. 2020 Apple did unveil new Watches and iPads, but the company’s most significant announcements came in the form of services. Wired Staff, Wired, "Apple Wants You to Smash That Subscribe Button," 18 Sep. 2020 Fans took to Twitter to unveil some of their initial reactions. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "'An artistic genius': Lady Gaga released a music video for '911' with an intense plot twist," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unveil

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

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25 Sep 2020

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“Unveil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unveil. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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