cover

verb
cov·​er | \ ˈkə-vər How to pronounce cover (audio) \
covered; covering\ ˈkəv-​riŋ How to pronounce covering (audio) , ˈkə-​və-​ \

Definition of cover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to guard from attack
b(1) : to have within the range of one's guns : command The ships were covering approaches to the harbor.
(2) : to hold within range of an aimed firearm The deputy covered the sheriff who was apprehending the suspect.
c(1) : to afford protection or security to : insure a policy covering the traveler in all kinds of accidents
(2) : to afford protection against or compensation (see compensation sense 2) for a policy covering loss by fire
d(1) : to guard (an opponent) in order to obstruct a play a linebacker assigned to cover the tight end
(2) : to be in position to receive a throw to (a base in baseball) The shortstop was covering second.
e(1) : to make provision for (a demand or charge) by means of a reserve or deposit Your balance is insufficient to cover the check.
(2) : to maintain a check on especially by patrolling motorcycle police covering the highways
(3) : to protect by contrivance or expedient
2a : to hide from sight or knowledge : conceal cover up a scandal
b : to lie over : envelop a blanket covering her legs
3 : to lay or spread something over : overlay Cover the seedbed with straw.
4a : to spread over Snow covered the hills.
b : to appear here and there on the surface of a region covered with lakes
5 : to place or set a cover or covering over Cover the pot.
6a : to copulate with (a female animal) a horse covers a mare
b : to sit on and incubate (eggs)
7 : to invest with a large or excessive amount of something covered herself with glory
8 : to play a higher-ranking card on (a previously played card)
9 : to have sufficient scope to include or take into account an examination covering a full year's work
10 : to deal with : treat material covered in the first chapter
11a : to have as one's territory or field of activity One sales rep covers the whole state.
b : to report news about reporters covering the campaign
12 : to pass over : traverse Tthe hikers covered 12 miles that day.
13 : to defray the cost of cover expenses
14 : to place one's stake in equal jeopardy with in a bet
15 : to buy securities or commodities for delivery against (an earlier short sale)
16 : to record or perform a cover of (a song)

intransitive verb

1 : to conceal something illicit, blameworthy, or embarrassing from notice usually used with upcover up for a careless coworker
2 : to act as a substitute or replacement during an absence a stand-in covering for an injured star
cover one's tracks
: to conceal traces in order to elude pursuers or escape detection
cover the ground or cover ground
: to deal with a subject or assignment in a particular manner The new book covers a lot of ground.

cover

noun, often attributive

Definition of cover (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that protects, shelters, or guards: such as
a : natural shelter for an animal also : the factors that provide such shelter
b(1) : a position or situation affording protection from enemy fire
(2) : the protection offered by airplanes in tactical support of a military operation
c British : coverage sense 1a
2 : something that is placed over or about another thing:
a : lid, top
b : a binding or case for a book or the analogous part of a magazine also : the front or back of such a binding
c : an overlay or outer layer especially for protection a mattress cover
d : a tablecloth and the other table accessories
f : roof
g : a cloth used on a bed for warmth or for decoration usually used in plurallying under the covers
h : something (such as vegetation or snow) that covers the ground
i : the extent to which clouds obscure the sky
3a : something that conceals or obscures under cover of darkness
b : a masking device : pretext The project was a cover for intelligence operations.
4 : an envelope or wrapper for mail
5 : one who substitutes for another during an absence
6 : a recording or performance of a song previously recorded by another performer
under cover
1 : in an envelope or wrapper
2 : under concealment : in secret

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Other Words from cover

Verb

coverable \ ˈkəv-​rə-​bəl How to pronounce coverable (audio) , ˈkə-​və-​ \ adjective
coverer \ ˈkə-​vər-​ər How to pronounce coverer (audio) \ noun

Noun

coverless \ ˈkə-​vər-​ləs How to pronounce coverless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cover

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of cover in a Sentence

Verb The gardener covered the soil with mulch. The furniture had been covered in a protective cloth. We covered the stains on the wall with a fresh coat of paint. You should cover your mouth when you cough. She covered her head with a scarf. tables covered with white linen Lakes cover much of the state. The hikers covered long distances every day. The bird may cover thousands of miles during its migration. Noun She placed a cover over the pan so that the oil wouldn't spatter. I put a cover on the sofa to protect it. There's a picture of the author on the book's back cover. The singer is posing in jeans and cowboy boots on the album cover.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb State officials also called and emailed hospitals reminding them of the need to help out and telling them that the state would cover treatment costs of uninsured patients, the emails show. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Some California Hospitals Refused Covid-19 Transfers for Financial Reasons, State Emails Show," 19 Oct. 2020 The budget would include another $1,500 bonus for all state employees, but this would be contingent on revenue increasing by enough to cover the costs. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Virginia budget could be delayed because of redistricting language," 16 Oct. 2020 Even if all of those seats are full all of the time, such a limited capacity likely doesn’t provide enough income to enable restaurants to cover their costs, let alone make enough money to justify remaining in business. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "How to Layer for Outdoor Dining This Fall and Winter," 14 Oct. 2020 Pharmaceutical corporations running trials pay private clinics an upfront fee to cover administrative costs of recruiting participants, and an additional fee per patient enrolled. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "The business interests behind vaccine trials work against people of color," 13 Oct. 2020 Boutrous responded that experts concurred Uber would have to reorganize to cover costs as an employer. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Uber, Lyft seek to stave off AB5 at appeals court," 13 Oct. 2020 The funds helped to cover lodging costs for family members who stayed in Kenosha while Blake recuperated in a local hospital. Sam Brief, chicagotribune.com, "Jacob Blake shooting spurs Evanston graduate Kayla Henning to take up larger activism role with Evanston Fight for Black Lives," 11 Oct. 2020 With the growing number of pricey sanitizing and safety precautions and the uncertainty of whether sports leagues, promoters or the venues themselves will foot the cleaning bill — fans could possibly see a hike in ticket prices to cover those costs. Kristen Chuba, Billboard, "Will Live Events Return? There May Be No 'Back to Normal'," 10 Oct. 2020 Schools where students receive the bears usually have fundraisers to cover the costs. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Teddy Cops program encourages Katy ISD special needs children," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Time cover, with its red, white and blue shades, echoes Fairey's past iconography. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "For the first ever, Time magazine removes logo on cover, replaces it with a plea to 'Vote'," 22 Oct. 2020 Hatfield said the colorful cover, featuring smiling adults with two children, is meant to represent her family and was drawn by her granddaughter, Kayla. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "New handbook offers help to the many grandparents, others offering 'kinship' care for kids," 16 Oct. 2020 The basic station plot shows temperature, dew point, wind direction, wind speed, cloud cover, precipitation, and air pressure, which are all measured at weather stations around the globe. Dennis Mersereau, Outside Online, "How to Read a Surface Weather Map," 15 Oct. 2020 Place chicken in a large soup pot and cover with water, at least 1-inch above the chicken. Alex Darus, cleveland, "8 soup recipes to learn before cold weather hits," 14 Oct. 2020 Get the Kindle, a cover, and a power adapter all together in this bundle. oregonlive, "Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals launch early: 4K TV sets, Echo Dots on sale, more gadgets already discounted (live updates)," 12 Oct. 2020 The book will hit shelves March 16, 2021, but ahead of that EW is exclusively revealing the book's cover, as well as an essay by Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Cecily Strong has some highly specific requests for her funeral, and other insights from a brand new essay collection," 12 Oct. 2020 Puerto Rican talent is behind the Culture Issue’s cover, too, with photography by Mara Corsino and design by Claudia Rubín, a designer at The Times. New York Times, "Studying Bad Bunny, and Finding All of Puerto Rico," 10 Oct. 2020 The Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle -- which includes a Kindle Paperwhite, a leather cover, and a power adapter -- is available for just $169.97, a savings of $20. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "Prime Day is different this year. Here’s what to expect," 10 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cover

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cover

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French coverir, covrir, from Latin cooperire, from co- + operire to close, cover

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The first known use of cover was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

24 Oct 2020

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“Cover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cover. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for cover

cover

verb
How to pronounce cover (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put something over, on top of, or in front of (something else) especially in order to protect, hide, or close it
: to be spread over or on top of (something)
: to be over much or all of the surface of (something)

cover

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cover (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is put around or on top of another thing especially to protect, hide, or close it
: a blanket or sheet on a bed
: the outer part of a book or magazine

cover

verb
cov·​er | \ ˈkə-vər How to pronounce cover (audio) \
covered; covering

Kids Definition of cover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to place or spread something over Cover the pot. She covered her head with a cloth and said a special prayer …— Lois Lowry, Number the Stars
2 : to be spread with or extend over much or all of the surface of His face is covered with freckles.
3 : to form a covering over Snow covered the ground.
4 : to pass over or through The bikers covered 50 miles a day.
5 : to provide protection to or against Soldiers covered the landing with artillery.
6 : to maintain a check on by patrolling Police cover the highways.
7 : to hide from sight or knowledge I covered my embarrassment.
8 : to deal with as a subject The test will cover everything we've studied so far.
9 : to have as a field of activity or interest Our newspaper employs a reporter covering the courthouse.
10 : to provide insurance for

cover

noun

Kids Definition of cover (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that protects, shelters, or hides
2 : a covering (as a blanket) used on a bed
3 : a binding or a protecting case a book cover
4 : something that is placed over or about another thing : lid, top a mattress cover the cover of a box
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Legal Definition of cover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : insure this policy covers other family drivers
2 : to give protection against or compensation or indemnification for doesn't cover flood damage

intransitive verb

: to obtain cover where the seller anticipatorily repudiates a contract and the buyer does not coverCosden Oil & Chemical Co. v. Karl O. Helm AG, 736 F.2d 1064 (1984)

cover

noun

Legal Definition of cover (Entry 2 of 2)

: purchase of goods in substitution for those originally contracted for when the seller fails to fulfill the contract the buyer is always free to choose between cover and damages for nondeliveryUniform Commercial Code also : the substituted goods

Note: Under the Uniform Commercial Code, when a seller does not perform on a contract, the buyer has the option of covering, with the seller paying the difference between the cost of the cover and the original contract price, or seeking damages for nonperformance. Reselling is the seller's comparable remedy when a buyer does not perform under a contract.

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