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[uhn-veyl] /ʌnˈveɪl/
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.
Origin of unveil
1590-1600; un-2 + veil
2. divulge, bare, broadcast, expose. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for unveil
  • Candidates on both sides of the aisle have a history of getting into trouble with voters when they unveil too much too soon.
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  • Let your parents get a few bites in, and then boldly unveil.
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  • All the campers around you will know you're part of the upper crust when you unveil this plush, ostentatious dwelling.
  • The grim national picture has provoked the government to unveil an exhaustive growth strategy.
  • And to stop shoppers scampering off to rivals, it will unveil bargains on electronic goods as the clocks strike midnight.
British Dictionary definitions for unveil


(transitive) 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)
(transitive) to make (something secret or concealed) known or public; divulge; reveal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unveil

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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