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/ ʌnˈveɪl /
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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.
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Origin of unveil

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + veil
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What does unveil mean?

Unveil means to reveal or uncover something.

This can be literal, such as by taking a veil or other physical covering off of something, as in The sculptor tugged the sheet away to unveil her masterpiece.  

It can also be used figuratively—often in a way that likens the action to physically uncovering something. In this sense, it can mean to present something publicly for the first time, as in They plan to unveil the new model at the convention next month. Or it can mean to uncover something that has been kept secret or hidden, as in Her investigative reporting unveiled a conspiracy. 

Things that have been revealed can be described with the adjective unveiled, as in Here are the first photos of the newly unveiled design concept. 

The noun unveiling can refer to an event where this happens, or the act of doing it, as in The plans will be revealed at the big unveiling next week.

Example: The company unveiled its new phone design last week after months of speculation.

Where does unveil come from?

The first records of the word unveil come from the 1590s. The prefix un- indicates a reversal, and veil ultimately comes from the Latin vēlum, meaning “a covering.”

In its most literal sense, unveil means to remove the veil that’s covering something, such as the face of a bride. Both the literal and figurative uses of the word often imply a sense of drama or ceremony (since it’s usually exciting to see new things or to learn of things that have been hidden). When tangible things are unveiled, it’s often done with a flourish, like removing a sheet from a new car model at an auto show or slowly pulling back the velvet curtains to reveal the small elephant you’ve been hiding. The unveiling of intangible things, like plans or secrets, is also often dramatic due to anticipation or surprise.

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How is unveil used in real life?

Unveil can be used in many different contexts. In marketing, it’s often used in the context of presenting a new product or product model to the public.



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Which of the following words is an antonym (opposite) of unveil?

A. reveal
B. uncover
C. show
D. hide

How to use unveil in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for unveil

/ (ʌnˈveɪl) /

(tr) 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)
(tr) to make (something secret or concealed) known or public; divulge; reveal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012