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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for coverage



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

The fact that Amet’s story got so little coverage for so long says a lot about who is believed In what has become a common pattern in the #MeToo era, Amet’s story got wider attention only when other women spoke up to join her. Anna North, Vox, "The sexual misconduct allegations against Neil deGrasse Tyson, explained," 15 Mar. 2019 The Pose star is hosting red carpet coverage for the awards ceremony for ABC tonight. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter Slays in a Christian Siriano Tuxedo Dress on the Oscars Red Carpet," 24 Feb. 2019 Know Your Weapons Although Jackson doesn’t dwell on technical specifications, there’s enough coverage of World War I armaments to keep gear enthusiasts riveted. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 So to avoid getting swamped (and suffering negative coverage for long wait times), Waymo as noted is limiting initial sign ups to people who are already in Waymo's early rider program. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Most disheartening of all is how almost all the coverage is positioning Ford as a victim rather than as a survivor. Maria Kari, Allure, "Christine Blasey Ford Confronted Her Traumatic Past, Now I’m Confronting Mine," 1 Oct. 2018 Earlier this summer, Paula Faris also left the show in pursuit of focusing on breaking news coverage for ABC. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Fans Are Devastated Over Sara Haines Leaving the Show," 4 Sep. 2018 Scroll through her coverage here, and check back later this week for her daily updates. Vogue, "The Best Street Style from Tbilisi Fashion Week Fall 2019," 3 May 2019 Bezos alludes to his ownership of The Washington Post and its coverage of Donald Trump, a longtime friend of Pecker's, as possible political motivation for AMI's actions. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Before Jeff Bezos, The National Enquirer Had a Long History of Scandals," 8 Feb. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'coverage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of coverage

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about coverage

Statistics for coverage

Last Updated

20 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for coverage

The first known use of coverage was in 1912

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for coverage



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on coverage

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for coverage

Spanish Central: Translation of coverage

Nglish: Translation of coverage for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of coverage for Arabic Speakers

Comments on coverage

What made you want to look up coverage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make a payment or contribution

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!