[ uhn-kuhv-er ]
/ ʌnˈkʌv ər /

verb (used with object)

to lay bare; disclose; reveal.
to remove the cover or covering from.
to remove a hat from (the head).

verb (used without object)

to remove a cover or covering.
to take off one's hat or other head covering as a gesture of respect.

Nearby words

  1. uncourteous,
  2. uncourteously,
  3. uncourtly,
  4. uncouth,
  5. uncovenanted,
  6. uncovered,
  7. uncredited,
  8. uncritical,
  9. uncritically,
  10. uncross

Origin of uncover

First recorded in 1250–1300, uncover is from the Middle English word uncoveren. See un-2, cover

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British Dictionary definitions for uncover


/ (ʌnˈkʌvə) /


(tr) to remove the cover, cap, top, etc, from
(tr) to reveal or discloseto uncover a plot
to take off (one's head covering), esp as a mark of respect
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Word Origin and History for uncover



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

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