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From Middle English uncoveren, equivalent to un- +‎ cover.



uncover (third-person singular simple present uncovers, present participle uncovering, simple past and past participle uncovered)

  1. to remove the cover of an object
    The model railway was uncovered.
  2. To reveal the identity of
    The murderer has finally been uncovered.
  3. To show openly; to disclose; to reveal.
    • Milton
      To uncover his perjury to the oath of his coronation.
  4. (archaic, transitive, intransitive) To divest of the hat or cap; to bare the head of.
    • 1824, Town and Country Tales (page 115)
      Alfred, surprised to meet his father, whom he thought absent from home, [] stood, holding his firelock in one hand, and his hat in the other, having uncovered himself as soon as he perceived his father.
  5. (military, transitive) To expose (lines of formation of troops) successively by the wheeling to right or left of the lines in front.