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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Damage from many calamities are covered by a standard policy, but a handful are not and require separate coverage for protection. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "With Tropical Storm Barry brewing, it's time to know what home insurance covers," 11 July 2019 One option offers the utilities the $10.5 billion from ratepayers as a line of credit to pay for costs that exceed insurance coverage for wildfire damage. Taryn Luna,, "Utility customers will pay $10.5 billion for California wildfire costs under bill sent to Newsom," 11 July 2019 Saivion Smith, in coverage for a few of the backbreaking plays against Clemson, left early for the NFL. Michael Casagrande |,, "What Alabama football should fix in 2019," 11 July 2019 MassHealth provides coverage for more than 1.8 million people, including the state’s poorest residents. Globe Staff,, "Charlie Baker’s plan to curb drug prices strains his relationship with biotechs," 10 July 2019 Subscribe to The Denver Post’s sports coverage for just 99¢ for the first month and only $6.99/month thereafter. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "How many Colorado football teams will be bowl eligible in 2019? Oddsmaker says 1. Maybe.," 10 July 2019 Amazon wrote: The Kuiper System's orbital architecture is designed to maximize capacity and coverage for customers at full constellation deployment. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Amazon plans nationwide broadband—with both home and mobile service," 8 July 2019 The bill would also retain existing coverage for nursing home care for Americans with low incomes. Margot Sanger-katz, New York Times, "Some Democrats Talk About Cosmetic Surgery Insurance. It Doesn’t Exist.," 3 July 2019 Auto insurance policies generally exclude liability coverage for vehicles with fewer than four wheels. Ed Leefeldt, CBS News, "Electric scooters are igniting new laws, liability concerns and even "scooter rage"," 2 July 2019

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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 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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