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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When baked through, uncover the top, set on the upper grate and brown.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • And we are as likely now to uncover a war party as a herd of antelope.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • They had not been forced to uncover any of the new tricks that they were holding in reserve for the championship games.

  • The Jew might not uncover the body in the face of the temple.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • This is a legitimate use of regression although it is not used so much these days to uncover past traumatic incidents.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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