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.

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).

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.


  1. not covered; revealed or bare
  2. not protected by insurance, security, etc
  3. with hat removed as a mark of respect


  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

v.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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