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 chart-topping thriller writer Dean Koontz unveiled a five-book deal with Thomas & Mercer in late July. Blake Montgomery, The Atlantic, "The Amazon Publishing Juggernaut," 8 Aug. 2019 The peninsula’s commuter rail system could be in for a windfall if efforts unveiled by Democratic state legislative leaders this week to redistribute money from the Central Valley’s beleaguered high-speed rail project succeed. Mercury News Staff, The Mercury News, "Latest line: Swalwell a winner, Kamala Harris a loser," 4 Aug. 2019 Trading on the new tech board of the Shanghai stock exchange, known as the Star Market, began on Monday, less than a year after the initiative was unveiled by President Xi Jinping. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Oil rising; China's new tech market; Flat beer," 22 July 2019 The new polymer note, Britain’s highest denomination in circulation, is set for release by the end of 2021 and the concept design unveiled by Carney featured a photograph of Turing taken in 1951. Fortune, "Alan Turing, the Father of A.I., Is the New Face of a Banknote," 15 July 2019 All 236 episodes will instead be available on HBO Max, a new streaming service whose name was unveiled Tuesday by WarnerMedia. Tara Law, Time, "Friends Won't Be There for You on Netflix Starting in 2020," 9 July 2019 That presents a challenge to proponents of a plan recently unveiled by the San Diego Association of Governments to exponentially expand train and bus service rather than build more freeways. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fare hikes expected to accelerate decline in bus, train riders," 1 July 2019 The eight finalists for the Sporkies, unveiled by the fair Monday, are also a preview for some of the new foods that'll be added to the menu at this year's State Fair, scheduled for State Fair Park Aug. 1-11. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 finalists (yes, some are on a stick) for the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair new-food competition, the Sporkies," 17 June 2019 Baltimore families living in public housing can now renew their leases through an online portal unveiled Monday by the city’s Housing Authority. Brittany Brown, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore City Housing Authority offers new online service to ease resident applications," 17 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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