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uncover

[uhn-kuhv-er] /ʌnˈkʌv ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to lay bare; disclose; reveal.
2.
to remove the cover or covering from.
3.
to remove a hat from (the head).
verb (used without object)
4.
to remove a cover or covering.
5.
to take off one's hat or other head covering as a gesture of respect.
Origin of uncover
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, uncover is from the Middle English word uncoveren. See un-2, cover
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Examples from the Web for uncover
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  • But such a fashion of beard, while covering a man's face, does much to uncover the man.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • Which one of the fifty-seven varieties have you elected to uncover first?

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • And we are as likely now to uncover a war party as a herd of antelope.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • Rub his arms and legs toward his body but do not uncover him to do this.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • The Jew might not uncover the body in the face of the temple.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for uncover

uncover

/ʌnˈkʌvə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove the cover, cap, top, etc, from
2.
(transitive) to reveal or disclose: to uncover a plot
3.
to take off (one's head covering), esp as a mark of respect
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Word Origin and History for uncover
v.

c.1300, from un- (2) "reverse of" + cover (v.). Earliest use is figurative; literal sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Uncovered; uncovering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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