Definition of uncover in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈkəvər/


[with object]
1Remove a cover or covering from: he uncovered the face of the dead man
More example sentences
  • The film continues its sinister loop, covering and uncovering the person or object that is buried.
  • When the instrument is more than a simple tube, such as a flute with finger holes, the player can manipulate the size of the air column by covering or uncovering the finger holes.
  • He sits in the dining hall covering and uncovering his ears, listening to the noise that roars like a train.
expose, reveal, lay bare;
unwrap, unveil;
strip, denude
1.1Discover (something previously secret or unknown): further evidence has been uncovered
More example sentences
  • They soon realise that, if they are to survive, they will have to uncover the secret that has brought them all together.
  • Throwing them aside, I soon uncovered a quantity of building stone and mortar.
  • The journalists said they were particularly alarmed by the number of chat room paedophiles their research uncovered in such a short period.
detect, discover, come across, stumble on, chance on, find, turn up, unearth, dig up;
expose, unveil, unmask, disclose, reveal, lay bare, make known, make public, bring to light, blow the lid off, blow the whistle on, pull the plug on
1.2 [no object] archaic Remove one’s hat, especially as a mark of respect.
Example sentences
  • I saw him stand uncovered in the bitter air, with a reverence for something.

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Syllabification: un·cov·er

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