noun cov·er·age \ ˈkəv-rij , ˈkə-və- \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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

Examples of coverage in a Sentence

  1. The issue is not getting much coverage in the mainstream press.

  2. There was massive TV coverage of the funeral.

  3. For more complete coverage of this issue, see Chapter Six.

  4. The book gives full coverage to the history of the word.

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First Known Use of coverage


in the meaning defined at sense 1

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COVERAGE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of coverage for English Language Learners

  • : 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

COVERAGE Defined for Kids


noun cov·er·age \ ˈkə-və-rij , ˈkəv-rij \

Definition of coverage for Students

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.

Law Dictionary


noun 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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