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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Such a difference in the media coverage of the same immigration policies between the Obama Administration and ours. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump: Obama Was for ‘Open Borders’ – Also, His Immigration Policies Were the Same As Mine," 25 June 2018 For full coverage of Thursday's hearing, visit CBS News' live blog. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trey Gowdy vs. Peter Strzok: 15 minutes of fiery exchanges," 12 July 2018 For complete coverage, including ongoing updates and a live video stream, go to Dominic Fracassa,, "London Breed’s inauguration as mayor of SF — a who’s who," 11 July 2018 So this might be a truer test of the future coverage of the EPA. Fox News, "Media's Supreme Court scrutiny," 9 July 2018 He was hired to help with the coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers and has been covering the Clippers since 2011. Broderick Turner,, "Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shows all-around skills during Clippers debut," 8 July 2018 An NBC News spokesperson said NBC News did not agree or sign a statement that the image would be used for positive coverage, and was never informed that a portion of the royalties would go to the Trump family. NBC News, "News media paid Melania Trump thousands for use of photos in 'positive stories only'," 2 July 2018 Inflation guard coverage is sometimes standard and sometimes optional. Ron Hurtibise,, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 Media coverage and recent books underscore the doomsday scenario, from David Runciman’s How Democracy Ends to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s Fascism: A Warning. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018

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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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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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