Meaning of “uncover” in the English Dictionary

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"uncover" in British English

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uncoververb [ T ]

uk /ʌnˈkʌv.ər/ us /ʌnˈkʌv.ɚ/

C1 to discover something secret or hidden or remove something covering something else:

The investigation uncovered evidence of a large-scale illegal trade in wild birds.
The biography is an attempt to uncover the inner man.

to find something buried under the ground by removing the earth on top of it:

Digging in her garden, she uncovered a hoard of gold dating back to the ninth century.

More examples

  • They uncovered a plot to destabilize the government.
  • The investigation uncovered some interesting information on Mr Parkinson.
  • Police officers uncovered an intricate web of deceit.
  • While digging the foundations builders uncovered some important archaeological remains.
  • It will be interesting to see what this investigation uncovers.

(Definition of “uncover” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"uncover" in American English

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uncoververb [ T ]

us /ʌnˈkʌv·ər/

to remove what is covering something, or to discover what was hidden:

uncover the pot
It’s the press’s responsibility to uncover the truth.

(Definition of “uncover” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)