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.

Origin of uncover

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

Contemporary Examples of uncover

Historical Examples of uncover

  • 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.


    William Graham Sumner

British Dictionary definitions for uncover



(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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