Definition of uncover in English:



  • 1Remove a cover or covering from.

    ‘he uncovered the face of the dead man’
    • ‘This is the time it takes for the moon gradually to cover the sun, and then to uncover it again later.’
    • ‘Back at home, remove both containers from the bag and uncover the broccoli and tofu.’
    • ‘Ann uncovered her sketch-pad to reveal a pencil sketch she had been working on.’
    • ‘He sits in the dining hall covering and uncovering his ears, listening to the noise that roars like a train.’
    • ‘She slides the metal tray even closer to the bed and uncovers my bare leg.’
    • ‘Carefully, she set the bundle down and uncovered it, revealing a baby cheetah.’
    • ‘In former times the custom was to uncover the face of the rich and cover the face of the poor because the faces of the poor had turned livid during lives of drought.’
    • ‘And after Sylvester covered her with the sheet, he uncovered her.’
    • ‘Keeping the bottle upright on the table, remove the lid to uncover the opening on the top of the cap.’
    • ‘Erin awoke, uncovering herself from the mountains of blankets that covered her on her bed.’
    • ‘The alternative is to uncover the poorly preserved boards and perhaps reinstate their original covering - linoleum.’
    • ‘Later in the season, gradually remove the soil so that the canes are uncovered completely by the last frost date in your area.’
    • ‘Turning to my shoulder, I slowly unwrapped the bandage, eyes squinting halfway as I uncovered my cut, revealing a still tender wound that throbbed.’
    • ‘To finish the pilaf, remove the casserole from the oven after 30 minutes and allow to stand for 5 minutes before uncovering.’
    • ‘Nine mummies were lying there, inside coffins which were partly covered, partly uncovered, and mostly bearing royal cartouches.’
    • ‘The nurses had uncovered him and his body had appeared completely naked, covered by bruises and scratches.’
    • ‘He fought his tears and cautiously brought the blanket around Emma down a little, uncovering her bare chest.’
    • ‘Until relatively recently, most of the structure was covered in earth, until some locals decided to uncover the front chamber and display the building as a piece of local heritage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The film continues its sinister loop, covering and uncovering the person or object that is buried.’
    lay bare, bare, expose, expose to view, leave unprotected, reveal, display, put on display, put on show, exhibit
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    1. 1.1archaic [no object]Remove one's hat, especially as a mark of respect.
      ‘he stopped short, reverentially uncovered, and stood bare-headed till the line of mourners had passed’
      • ‘I saw him stand uncovered in the bitter air, with a reverence for something.’
  • 2Discover (something previously secret or unknown)

    ‘further evidence has been uncovered’
    • ‘We will have to wait and see what the tide uncovers in the morning.’
    • ‘Normally his family life, with lecturer wife Paula and two teenage children, is a nice counterpoint to the mayhem and misery his work uncovers.’
    • ‘In doing so she uncovers the horrors of his past and a yet more terrible future.’
    • ‘Of the hundreds of differences the team uncovered, one stood out.’
    • ‘Excavations uncovered and removed human skeletal remains from the cave.’
    • ‘They soon realise that, if they are to survive, they will have to uncover the secret that has brought them all together.’
    • ‘She uncovers and illuminates some remarkable poetic experiments.’
    • ‘They set down a policy to introduce initiatives, including the presumption that the council will consider prosecution in every case of fraud it uncovers.’
    • ‘Gradually she uncovers not only a prostitution ring but a possible serial killer with links to a high profile death penalty case.’
    • ‘These are among the more startling revelations that Cheung uncovers.’
    • ‘Throwing them aside, I soon uncovered a quantity of building stone and mortar.’
    • ‘He uncovers more about his private life including the identity of his fiancé, a point of much speculation until now.’
    • ‘Even more importantly, Neela uncovers in Solanka what he thought was totally absent in his life, that is, his capability of loving another person.’
    • ‘What begins as a night of booze and fun soon uncovers darker memories.’
    • ‘This afternoon I set out to solve the riddle, though so far I have only succeeded in uncovering more questions.’
    • ‘Occasionally, reckless use of a search engine uncovers something interesting.’
    • ‘But with each clue he uncovers, a troubling picture emerges about the man who may have been his father.’
    • ‘The journalists said they were particularly alarmed by the number of chat room paedophiles their research uncovered in such a short period.’
    • ‘We're still uncovering, as late as this morning, other incidents, other cases, that will be promptly investigated by the Department of Defense.’
    • ‘He could finish the project now and get an average grade, and yet, maybe there was something he had not yet uncovered that could lead him to higher marks?’
    detect, discover, come across, stumble across, stumble on, chance on, hit on, encounter, find, find out, turn up, unearth, dig up, dredge up, root out, hunt out, nose out, ferret out, grub out, disinter, extricate
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