cov·​er·​age | \ ˈkəv-rij How to pronounce coverage (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web News coverage of state and local government affairs... Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘Ghosting the News’ Review: News You Can Lose," 7 July 2020 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is committed to covering this year’s historic election season with the most complete and comprehensive political coverage available. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Biden, Democrats hope to accelerate Southern political shift," 5 July 2020 For regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our breaking news email alert. Express-news Staff,, "Timeline of coronavirus in San Antonio: May and June," 30 June 2020 In past years, members of Congress have pointed to our coverage and pressured IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to increase audits of the rich. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, "Has the IRS Hit Bottom?," 30 June 2020 The program typically included three extensive looks at major stories in the news, along with coverage of arts and science seldom seen on commercial networks. Washington Post, "Lester M. Crystal, PBS NewsHour producer and former NBC News chief, dies at 85," 25 June 2020 Make your own fabric mask | Follow all of our coronavirus coverage and sign up for our free newsletter. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Everything is fine and normal. Just ask the mannequin at the next table.," 25 June 2020 Because really, if an outlet feels comfortable featuring the slur in its coverage of the team, why shouldn’t Snyder feel comfortable marketing it? Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Stop Printing the R-Word," 25 June 2020 Take a look back into The Dallas Morning News Archives and read our coverage of Allen Brooks’ lynching. Dallas News, "As Dallas removes Confederate monument, there’s a new effort to memorialize the city’s last known lynching victim," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of coverage

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of coverage was in 1912

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10 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Coverage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce coverage (audio) , 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 How to pronounce coverage (audio) \

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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