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cover

verb

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1 to serve as a replacement usually for a time only
  • a friend covered for me as a hospital volunteer while my family went on vacation

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2 to form a layer over
  • by morning a foot of snow covered the ground

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3 to place a protective layer over
  • better cover your skin with sunblock if you don't want a sunburn, not to mention skin cancer

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4 to have (something) as a subject matter
  • this section of the book covers kitchen makeovers for the enterprising do-it-yourselfer

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5 to keep secret or shut off from view
  • covered the foxhole with grass and leaves

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6 to make one's way through, across, or over
  • we usually manage to cover a lot of ground in a single day

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7 to pay continued close attention to (something) for a particular purpose
  • I'll cover the reception desk while you take a break

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8 to drive danger or attack away from
  • covered the wounded soldier until he could be rescued from the downed chopper

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cover

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of cover (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a piece placed over an open container to hold in, protect, or conceal its contents
  • where's the cover for the cookie jar?

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2 means or method of defending
  • provided cover while their comrades ran for safety

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3 something that encloses another thing especially to protect it
  • put the restaurant menus in clear plastic covers so that they would last longer

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4 a person or thing that takes the place of another
  • people may only skip their shifts if they find a cover for themselves first

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5 a raised covering over something for decoration or protection
  • all of the exhibits at the fair are under cover, so the weather won't be a factor

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6 something that covers or conceals like a piece of cloth
  • under cover of friendship the con man insinuated himself in the lives of the unsuspecting couple

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The first known use of cover was in the 13th century

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“Cover.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cover. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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