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[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.
Origin of uncover
1250-1300; Middle English uncoveren. See un-2, cover Unabridged
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  • You'll need to uncover the cooker for the last three hours, so plan ahead.
  • Second, you must grow an ability to devise solutions for the system problems that data and experience uncover.
  • The basic treasure of his life was buried back there and he kept hoping to uncover it.
  • It's an extremely valuable way to uncover information.
  • So don't bang your head on the office door trying to uncover what you did to create an enemy.
  • At the time, the idea was to deconstruct texts to uncover underlying ideologies.
  • And sometimes, in the sorting out, you uncover additional problems that need to be solved.
  • Make it a point to talk with fellow students and faculty members to uncover mutual interests or friends.
  • It is an unusually painstaking effort to uncover apparent scholarly wrongdoing.
  • The shifting sands from storms periodically cover and uncover the pilings.
British Dictionary definitions for uncover


(transitive) to remove the cover, cap, top, etc, from
(transitive) to reveal or disclose: to 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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