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unveil

[uhn-veyl] /ʌnˈveɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to remove a veil or other covering from; display; reveal:
The woman unveiled herself.
2.
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)
3.
to become revealed by or as if by removing a veil.
Origin of unveil
1590-1600
1590-1600; un-2 + veil
Synonyms
2. divulge, bare, broadcast, expose.
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  • But the moment was now at hand that was to unveil the real character of Sir Patrick, and determine the destiny of Adeline.

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  • Should I tell him; would he believe; was it best to unveil the working of my own heart to that degree?

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  • This stage transcended, the sincere pilgrim comes to unveil the heart, and perceives various lights.

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  • "Be pleased to unveil, and to tell me your business," he said.

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  • It was evident that she would not unveil, and that they were prepared to indorse her refusal.

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British Dictionary definitions for unveil

unveil

/ʌnˈveɪl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove the cover or shroud from, esp in the ceremonial unveiling of a monument, etc
2.
to remove the veil from (one's own or another person's face)
3.
(transitive) to make (something secret or concealed) known or public; divulge; reveal
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Word Origin and History for unveil
v.

1590s, in reference to sight, "to make clear," from un- (2) + veil (v.). Sense of "to display or reveal" (something) is from 1650s. Related: Unveiled; unveiling.

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