descortinar

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Des- (un-; dis-) +‎ cortinar (curtain) +‎ -ar.

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descortinar (first-person singular present indicative descortino, past participle descortinado)

  1. to reveal something by opening curtains
    • 1920, Revista da Academia Brasileira de Letras, volumes 7–8, Letra Capital, page 177:
      Antes, porém, de abrir o velario, descortinando o palco onde se iniciariam as suas primeiras e ruidosas façanhas de combatente, []
      However, before I set up the theater awning, uncurtaining the stage where his first grandiose deeds as a fighter would begin, []
  2. (figuratively) to reveal (to show what was hidden or unknown)
    • 2007 (originally 1997), Dom Dadeus Grings, A igreja de Cristo para o terceiro milênio, 2nd edition, EDIPUCRS, page 13:
      Numa visão retrospectiva descortina um passado, []
      It reveals a past in a restrospective vision, []
  3. to observe a panorama
    • 1950, João Batista de Mello Souza, Historias do Rio Paraíba, Aurora, page 293:
      Ao cabo de meia hora de jornada, quase sempre em subida, começamos a descortinar o vale do Paraíba até a Bocaina.
      After half an hour of travel, almost always going up, we began to observe the Paraíba valley up to Bocaina.

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