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[uhn-veyl] /ʌnˈveɪl/
verb (used with object)
to remove a veil or other covering from; display; reveal:
The woman unveiled herself.
to reveal or disclose by or as if by removing a veil or covering:
to unveil a monument; to unveil a secret; to unveil a truth.
verb (used without object)
to become revealed by or as if by removing a veil.
Origin of unveil
First recorded in 1590-1600; un-2 + veil
2. divulge, bare, broadcast, expose. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the moment was now at hand that was to unveil the real character of Sir Patrick, and determine the destiny of Adeline.

    Adeline Mowbray Amelia Alderson Opie
  • Should I tell him; would he believe; was it best to unveil the working of my own heart to that degree?

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • This stage transcended, the sincere pilgrim comes to unveil the heart, and perceives various lights.

    Letters from a Sf Teacher Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner
  • "Be pleased to unveil, and to tell me your business," he said.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
  • It was evident that she would not unveil, and that they were prepared to indorse her refusal.

    If, Yes and Perhaps Edward Everett Hale
British Dictionary definitions for unveil


(transitive) to remove the cover or shroud from, esp in the ceremonial unveiling of a monument, etc
to remove the veil from (one's own or another person's face)
(transitive) to make (something secret or concealed) known or public; divulge; reveal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unveil

1590s, in reference to sight, "to make clear," from un- (2) + veil (v.). Sense of "to display or reveal" (something) is from 1650s. Related: Unveiled; unveiling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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