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  1. cov·er
  2. verb

    • 1. put something such as a cloth or lid on top of or in front of (something) in order to protect or conceal it:

      the table had been covered with a checked tablecloth she covered her face with a pillow
      Synonym : put something on top of, place something over, place under cover, protect, shield, shelter, envelop, enfold, engulf, enclose, tuck, cup, surround, house, sink, embed, bury, submerge, immerse
    • 2. envelop in a layer of something, especially dirt:

      he was covered in mud she was covered in confusion
    • 3. scatter a layer of loose material over (a surface, especially a floor), leaving it completely obscured:

      the barn floor was covered in straw
    • 4. lie over or adhere to (a surface), as decoration or to conceal something:

      masonry paint will cover hairline cracks
    • 5. extend over (an area):

      the grounds covered eight acres
    • 6. travel (a specified distance):

      it took them four days to cover 150 miles
      Synonym : travel, journey, go, do, put behind one, get under one's belt, travel over, pass over, journey over/across, traverse, cross, go across, make one's way across, range/tramp over
    • 7. deal with (a subject) by describing or analyzing its most important aspects or events:

      a sequence of novels that will cover the period from 1968 to the present
    • 8. investigate, report on, or publish or broadcast pictures of (an event):

      NBC is covering the Olympics
      Synonym : report, write up, write about, describe, commentate on, tell of, write/give an account of, publish/broadcast details of, investigate, look into, inquire into
    • 9. work in, have responsibility for, or provide services to (a particular area):

      development officers whose work would cover a large area
      Synonym : include, involve, take in, deal with, contain, comprise, provide for, embrace, embody, incorporate, subsume, refer to, consider
    • 10. (of a rule or law) apply to (a person or situation):

      the offense covers a wide spectrum of culpability
    • 11. (of a sum of money) be enough to pay (a bill or cost):

      there are grants to cover the cost of materials for loft insulation
      Synonym : offset, counterbalance, balance, cancel out, make up for, pay back, pay, pay for, be enough for, fund, finance, make up, have enough money for, provide for
    • 12. (of insurance) protect against a liability, loss, or accident involving financial consequences:

      your contents are now covered against accidental loss or damage in transit
      Synonym : insure, protect, secure, underwrite, provide insurance for, indemnify, assure
    • 13. take precautionary measures so as to protect oneself against future blame or liability:

      one reason doctors take temperatures is to cover themselves against negligence claims
    • 14. disguise the sound or fact of (something) with another sound or action:

      Louise laughed to cover her embarrassment
      Synonym : mask, disguise, obscure, hide, stop something being overheard, muffle, stifle, smother, camouflage, blot out, cloak, veil, shroud, swathe, secrete, envelop, enshroud
    • 15. disguise the illicit absence or wrongdoing of (someone) in order to spare them punishment:

      if the sergeant wants to know where you are, I'll cover for you
      Synonym : give an alibi to, provide with an alibi, shield, protect, alibi
    • 16. temporarily take over the job of (a colleague) in their absence:

      during August ministers cover for other ministers
      Synonym : stand in for, fill in for, act as stand-in for, deputize for, act as deputy for, substitute for, act as substitute for, take over from, double for, be a substitute for, replace, relieve, take the place of, act in place of, do duty for, do a locum for, be a locum for, sit in for, understudy, hold the fort, step into the breach, sub for, fill someone's shoes/boots, pinch-hit for
    • 17. aim a gun at (someone) in order to prevent them from moving or escaping:

      she raised her gun to cover Klift
    • 18. protect (an exposed person) by shooting at an enemy:

      I moved in front of Hawk to cover him as he reloaded
    • 19. (of a fortress, gun, or cannon) have (an area) within range.

    • 20. (in team games) take up a position ready to defend against (an opposing player).

    • 21. be in position at (a base) ready to catch a thrown ball:

      he moved to cover second base
    • 22. record or perform a new version of (a song) originally performed by someone else:

      other artists who have covered the song include U2
    • 23. (of a male animal, especially a stallion) copulate with (a female animal), especially as part of a commercial transaction between the owners of the animals:

      a working stallion who has covered forty mares this season
    • 24. play a higher card on (a high card) in a trick:

      the ploy will fail if the ten is covered East covered with his queen


  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: cover, plural noun: covers

    • v.: verb: cover, 3rd person present: covers, gerund or present participle: covering, past tense: covered, past participle: covered

    • verb

      put something on top of or in front of (something) in order to protect or conceal it:

      envelop in a layer of something, especially dirt:

    • noun

      a thing which lies on, over, or around something, especially in order to protect or conceal it:

      a thin solid object that seals a container or hole; a lid:

    • noun

      temporary replacement of an employee who is on maternity leave:

      a person who temporarily replaces an employee who is on maternity leave:

    • noun

      an attempt to prevent people's discovering the truth about a serious mistake or crime:

      a loose outer garment, as worn over a swimsuit or exercise outfit.

    • noun

      a magazine article that is illustrated or advertised on the front cover.

      a fictitious account invented to conceal a person's identity or reasons for doing something.

    • noun

      a page sent as the first page of a fax transmission, identifying the sender, number of pages, etc.

      a page placed before a manuscript or report, typically with the name of the author, title of the book or report, and date.

    • noun

      a flap of skin protecting a fish's gills, typically stiffened by bony plates.
    • protect oneself from attack by ducking down into or under a shelter
    • noun

      a female model whose picture appears on magazine covers.
    • noun

      a letter sent with, and explaining the contents of, another document or a parcel of goods:
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