: to guard from attack
: to have within the range of one's guns : command
- The ships were covering approaches to the harbor.
: to hold within range of an aimed firearm
- The deputy covered the sheriff who was apprehending the suspect.
: to afford protection or security to : insure
- a policy covering the traveler in all kinds of accidents
: to afford protection against or compensation (see compensation 2) for
- a policy covering loss by fire
: to guard (an opponent) in order to obstruct a play
- a linebacker assigned to cover the tight end
: to be in position to receive a throw to (a base in baseball)
- The shortstop was covering second.
: to make provision for (a demand or charge) by means of a reserve or deposit
- Your balance is insufficient to cover the check.
: to maintain a check on especially by patrolling
- motorcycle police covering the highways
: to hide from sight or knowledge : conceal
: to lie over : envelop
- a blanket covering her legs
: to lay or spread something over : overlay
- Cover the seedbed with straw.
: to appear here and there on the surface of
- a region covered with lakes
: to place or set a cover or covering over
: to copulate with (a female animal)
: to sit on and incubate (eggs)
: to invest with a large or excessive amount of something
- covered herself with glory
: to play a higher-ranking card on (a previously played card)
: to have sufficient scope to include or take into account
- an examination covering a full year's work
: to deal with : treat
- material covered in the first chapter
: to have as one's territory or field of activity
- One sales rep covers the whole state.
: to report news about
- reporters covering the campaign
: to pass over : traverse
- Tthe hikers covered 12 miles that day.
: to defray the cost of
: to place one's stake in equal jeopardy with in a bet
: to buy securities or commodities for delivery against (an earlier short sale)
: to record or perform a cover of (a song)
: to conceal something illicit, blameworthy, or embarrassing from notice
—usually used with up
- cover up for a careless coworker
: to act as a substitute or replacement during an absence
- a stand-in covering for an injured star
cover one's tracks
: to conceal traces in order to elude pursuers or escape detection
cover the ground
: to deal with a subject or assignment in a particular manner
- The new book covers a lot of ground.