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cover

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of cover

  1. 1 a piece placed over an open container to hold in, protect, or conceal its contents where's the cover for the cookie jar? Synonyms of cover cap, lid, top Words Related to cover dome, hood, roof; capsule, case, casing, covering, housing, jacket, sheath, shell

  2. 2 means or method of defending provided cover while their comrades ran for safety Synonyms of cover aegis (also egis), ammunition, armor, buckler, defense, guard, protection, safeguard, screen, security, shield, wall, wardWords Related to cover arm, armament, munitions, weapon, weaponry; fastness, fort, fortress, palisade, strongholdNear Antonyms of cover aggression, assault, attack, offense (or offence), offensive

  3. 3 something that encloses another thing especially to protect it put the restaurant menus in clear plastic covers so that they would last longer Synonyms of cover armor, capsule, casing, cocoon, case, covering, encasement, housing, hull, husk, jacket, pod, sheath, shellWords Related to cover cartridge, cassette (also casette); bark, crust; carapace, house, mail, panoply, plate, plating, shield; cuticle, hide, skin; envelope, package, wrapper; backing, coating, coverture, facing

  4. 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 Synonyms of cover backup, substitute, designated hitter, fill-in, locum tenens, pinch hitter, relief, replacement, reserve, stand-in, subWords Related to cover alternate, understudy; apology, makeshift, stopgap; agent, assignee, attorney, commissary, delegate, deputy, envoy, factor, procurator, proxy, rep, representative, surrogate; assistant, reliever, second; successor, superseder

  5. 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 Synonyms of cover awning, ceiling, canopy, roof, tentWords Related to cover dome, marquee, pavilion; arbor, bower, pergola; screen, shade, shelter, shield, sunshade, umbrella; canvas (also canvass), fly

  6. 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 Synonyms of cover blanket, cope, cloak, covering, coverture, cover-up, curtain, hood, mantle, mask, pall, penumbra, robe, shroud, veil, wrapsWords Related to cover blind, concealer, screen, shield; fig leaf, Potemkin village, Trojan horse; camouflage, disguise, facade (also façade), face, mask, veneer; gloss, varnish


cover

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of cover

  1. 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 Synonyms of cover fill in, pinch-hit, stand in, step in, sub, substitute, take over Words Related to cover understudy; relieve, spell; double (as)

  2. 2 to form a layer over by morning a foot of snow covered the ground Synonyms of cover blanket, carpet, coat, overlay, overlie, overspread, sheet Words Related to cover enclose (also inclose), enrobe, enshroud, enswathe, envelop, enwrap, mantle, shawl, shroud, swathe, wrap; cloak, clothe, curtain, veil; circle, encircle, encompass

  3. 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 Synonyms of cover screen, shield Words Related to cover cloak, clothe, veil; drape, pall; canopy, cap, crown; disguise, mask, obscure Near Antonyms of cover bare, expose, uncover

  4. 4 to have (something) as a subject matter this section of the book covers kitchen makeovers for the enterprising do-it-yourselfer Synonyms of cover concern, deal (with), pertain (to), treat (of)Words Related to cover appertain (to), bear (on or upon), refer (to), relate (to); advert (to), allude (to), cite, glance (upon), instance, mention, name, note, notice, quote, specify, touch (upon); offer, present; contain, embrace, encompass, entail, include, incorporateNear Antonyms of cover exclude, omit; disregard, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight, slur (over); brush (aside or off), reject, shrug off

  5. 5 to keep secret or shut off from view covered the foxhole with grass and leaves Synonyms of cover belie, blanket, blot out, cloak, conceal, hide, curtain, disguise, enshroud, mask, obscure, occult, paper over, screen, shroud, suppress, veilWords Related to cover bury, camouflage, hide (up), smother; gild, gloss (over), varnish, whitewash; becloud, bedim, befog, block, cloud, darken, eclipse, obstruct, occlude, overcast, overshadow, shadeNear Antonyms of cover bring out, present; clarify, illuminate; advertise, air, broadcast, get out, proclaim, publicize, publish, spreadAntonyms of cover bare, disclose, display, divulge, expose, reveal, show, uncloak, uncover, unmask, unveil

  6. 6 to make one's way through, across, or over we usually manage to cover a lot of ground in a single day Synonyms of cover course, traverse, cross, cut (across), follow, go, navigate, pass (over), perambulate, peregrinate, proceed (along), track, transit, travelWords Related to cover hike, traipse, tramp, tread, walk; ride, run; crisscross

  7. 7 to pay continued close attention to (something) for a particular purpose I'll cover the reception desk while you take a break Synonyms of cover monitor, watchWords Related to cover surveil; eye; behold, espy, look, note, notice, observe, regard, see, sight, spy, view, witness; gape, gawk, gaze, glare, goggle, peer, rubberneck, stare; glance, glimpse, peek, peep

  8. 8 to drive danger or attack away from covered the wounded soldier until he could be rescued from the downed chopper Synonyms of cover bulwark, defend, fence, fend, forfend, guard, keep, protect, safeguard, screen, secure, shield, wardWords Related to cover avert, prevent; oppose, resist, withstand; battle, contend, fight, war; conserve, preserve, save; buffer, palisade, picket, wallNear Antonyms of cover bombard, storm; beset, besiege, overrun; capitulate, cave, submit, yieldAntonyms of cover assail, assault, attack


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