cov·​er·​age | \ˈkəv-rij, ˈkə-və-\

Definition of coverage 

1 : something that covers: such as

a : inclusion within the scope of an insurance policy or protective plan : insurance

b : the amount available to meet liabilities

c : inclusion within the scope of discussion or reporting the news coverage of the trial

2 : the total group covered : scope: such as

a : all the risks covered by the terms of an insurance contract

b : the number or percentage of persons reached by a communications medium

3 : the act or fact of covering

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Examples of coverage in a Sentence

The issue is not getting much coverage in the mainstream press. There was massive TV coverage of the funeral. For more complete coverage of this issue, see Chapter Six. The book gives full coverage to the history of the word.
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Among other elements, the farm bill will expand crop-insurance coverage to new crops, including barley and hops, and legalize industrial hemp, a cannabis plant with a low concentration of psychoactive chemicals. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "House Passes Farm Bill, Sends It to President Trump’s Desk for Signature," 12 Dec. 2018 Through six weeks of open enrollment this year, 4.1 million people have signed up for 2019 coverage. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Obamacare enrollment is almost over and sign-ups are lagging," 12 Dec. 2018 An Ericsson equipment issue is behind mobile network outages across both the UK and Japan that left millions without smartphone coverage, reports the Financial Times. Jon Porter, The Verge, "O2 blamed a ‘global software issue’ for the outage," 6 Dec. 2018 Small sats don’t offer the coverage that comes with a higher altitude. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Space Junk Could Provide a Perfect Hiding Spot for Tiny Spy Satellites," 30 Nov. 2018 That's the promise of BB Glo, a microneedling procedure that inserts semi-permanent BB cream into the skin for coverage that lasts six months to a year. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "What Is Semi-Permanent BB Cream, and Why Are People Getting It Microneedled Into Their Faces?," 9 Nov. 2018 Local media coverage prompted hundreds more to join, and Dunia Montoya, a volunteer assisting the migrants, estimated Sunday that the group had grown to at least 1,600 people. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 When in base coverages, there’s a more level-headed, workmanlike approach from the cornerbacks, both of whom live in Winnetka. Steve Reaven,, "Carson Kosonovich, Donovan Perkins still shutting the door in New Trier secondary," 14 July 2018 At times, Salas’ father couldn’t obtain coverage under his policy for his wife’s chemo infusions for her lupus treatment. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "With ACA under attack, a family racked by illness wonders what will happen to their health coverage," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of coverage

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of coverage

: the activity of reporting about an event or subject in newspapers, on television news programs, etc.

: discussion of a subject in a book, class, etc.

: the financial protection that is provided by an insurance policy


cov·​er·​age | \ˈkə-və-rij, ˈkəv-rij\

Kids Definition of coverage

1 : insurance against something fire coverage

2 : the value or amount of insurance a thousand dollars' coverage

3 : treatment of an event or subject The local radio station has good sports coverage.


cov·​er·​age | \ˈkə-və-rij \

Legal Definition of coverage 

1 : protection or indemnification by an insurance policy the policy provides extensive coverage against burglary

2 : a risk assumed by the terms of an insurance contract the policy lists four coverages: liability, medical payments, uninsured motorists, and physical damage

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