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