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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 a cover from.
    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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      To uncover his perjury to the oath of his coronation.
  4. (reflexive, intransitive) To remove one's hat or cap as a mark of respect.
    • 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.
    • 1891, N. H. Chamberlain, “In the Footprints of Burgoyne's Army”, in New England Magazine, volume 4, Boston, MA: New England Magazine Corporation:
      The English soldiers were directed in general orders to salute and uncover before the Host as it passed, and here in the wilderness the old religion held firm sway.
  5. (military, transitive) To expose (lines of formation of troops) successively by the wheeling to right or left of the lines in front.