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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Legislation unveiled by the government late Monday says people who have already filed an asylum claim in the U.S. and certain other countries cannot file a second claim in Canada. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada Wants to Limit Claims For Some Asylum Seekers," 9 Apr. 2019 Most of the products unveiled by Facebook are quite clearly stand-ins for services that exist outside of it: Facebook Marketplace for Craigslist, Facebook Stories for Snapchat, the abandoned Facebook Instant Articles for Google News, and so on. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Instagram's New Shopping Feature Makes it Easier Than Ever to Never Leave Facebook," 20 Mar. 2019 Jenner posted an Instagram video unveiling the accessory, along with a personal note from Ocleppo, and told her followers to check out the gorgeous bag. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "This Is the New Kardashian It Bag," 11 Jan. 2019 In the new image unveiled today, Middleton looks extremely cozy—curling up on the couch with a mug, wearing a white long sleeve tee, olive green joggers, and comfy socks. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Poses for a Festive Post-Baby Photo Shoot," 20 Dec. 2018 The new Office icons unveiled this week are the first glimpse at a far bigger design overhaul that’s going on inside the company. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft’s designers are now working together on the future of Windows, Office, and Surface," 5 Dec. 2018 The most recent security issue was perhaps the most troubling: A software vulnerability unveiled last month allowed hackers to gain access to some 50 million Facebook accounts. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook is audaciously launching a video gadget for your home, called Portal. Is that a good idea?," 8 Oct. 2018 The letters, unveiled by People magazine, date back to 1938. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Rosemary Kennedy sought friendship from her hired caretakers before undergoing a lobotomy, letters reveal," 13 Sep. 2018 Its Work Pant, unveiled at the beginning of 2018, is no exception. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "I Tested Everlane's Work Pants to See What All the Hype Was About," 30 July 2018

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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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