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From un- +‎ mask.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ʌnˈmæsk/, /ʌnˈmɑːsk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ʌnˈmæsk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æsk


unmask (third-person singular simple present unmasks, present participle unmasking, simple past and past participle unmasked)

  1. (transitive) To remove a mask from someone.
  2. (transitive) To expose, or reveal the true character of someone.
  3. (intransitive) To remove one's mask.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:
      But instead of a direct answer to so important a question, Jones began to be very importunate with the lady to unmask; and at length having prevailed, there appeared not Mrs Fitzpatrick, but the Lady Bellaston herself.
  4. (transitive, computing) To enable (an interrupt, etc.) by unsetting or setting the associated bit.


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