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  1. having no cover or covering.
  2. having the head bare.
  3. not protected by collateral or other security, as a loan.
  4. not protected by insurance: Workers want their uncovered spouses to join the health plan.
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Origin of uncovered

First recorded in 1350–1400, uncovered is from the Middle English word uncovert. See un-1, cover, -ed2


verb (used with object)
  1. to lay bare; disclose; reveal.
  2. to remove the cover or covering from.
  3. to remove a hat from (the head).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to remove a cover or covering.
  2. to take off one's hat or other head covering as a gesture of respect.
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Origin of uncover

First recorded in 1250–1300, uncover is from the Middle English word uncoveren. See un-2, cover
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Related Words

discovered, unprotected, bare, unveiled, shown, weakened, stripped, caught, revealed, naked, nude, unconcealed, visible, vulnerable

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  1. not covered; revealed or bare
  2. not protected by insurance, security, etc
  3. with hat removed as a mark of respect
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  1. (tr) to remove the cover, cap, top, etc, from
  2. (tr) to reveal or discloseto uncover a plot
  3. to take off (one's head covering), esp as a mark of respect
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Word Origin and History for uncovered



c.1300, from un- (2) "reverse of" + cover (v.). Earliest use is figurative; literal sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Uncovered; uncovering.

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