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Meaning & Definition of Cover in English

English

Cover

/kəvər/

noun

1. A covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

  • "A screen of trees afforded privacy"
  • "Under cover of darkness"
  • "The brush provided a covert for game"
  • "The simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background"
    synonym:
  • screen
  • ,
  • cover
  • ,
  • covert
  • ,
  • concealment

2. Bedding that keeps a person warm in bed

  • "He pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
    synonym:
  • blanket
  • ,
  • cover

3. The act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it

  • "The cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • covering
  • ,
  • screening
  • ,
  • masking

4. The protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book

  • "The book had a leather binding"
    synonym:
  • binding
  • ,
  • book binding
  • ,
  • cover
  • ,
  • back

5. A natural object that covers or envelops

  • "Under a covering of dust"
  • "The fox was flushed from its cover"
    synonym:
  • covering
  • ,
  • natural covering
  • ,
  • cover

6. Covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)

  • "He removed the top of the carton"
  • "He couldn't get the top off of the bottle"
  • "Put the cover back on the kettle"
    synonym:
  • top
  • ,
  • cover

7. Fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations

  • "Artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • covering fire

8. A fixed charge by a restaurant or nightclub over and above the charge for food and drink

    synonym:
  • cover charge
  • ,
  • cover

9. A recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else

  • "They made a cover of a beatles' song"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • cover version
  • ,
  • cover song

10. A false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent)

  • "Her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"
    synonym:
  • cover

verb

1. Provide with a covering or cause to be covered

  • "Cover her face with a handkerchief"
  • "Cover the child with a blanket"
  • "Cover the grave with flowers"
    synonym:
  • cover

2. Form a cover over

  • "The grass covered the grave"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • spread over

3. Span an interval of distance, space or time

  • "The war extended over five years"
  • "The period covered the turn of the century"
  • "My land extends over the hills on the horizon"
  • "This farm covers some 200 acres"
  • "The archipelago continues for another 500 miles"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • continue
  • ,
  • extend

4. Provide for

  • "The grant doesn't cover my salary"
    synonym:
  • cover

5. Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

  • "This book deals with incest"
  • "The course covered all of western civilization"
  • "The new book treats the history of china"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • treat
  • ,
  • handle
  • ,
  • plow
  • ,
  • deal
  • ,
  • address

6. Include in scope

  • Include as part of something broader
  • Have as one's sphere or territory
  • "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"
  • "This should cover everyone in the group"
    synonym:
  • embrace
  • ,
  • encompass
  • ,
  • comprehend
  • ,
  • cover

7. Travel across or pass over

  • "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
    synonym:
  • traverse
  • ,
  • track
  • ,
  • cover
  • ,
  • cross
  • ,
  • pass over
  • ,
  • get over
  • ,
  • get across
  • ,
  • cut through
  • ,
  • cut across

8. Be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism

  • "Snow reported on china in the 1950's"
  • "The cub reporter covered new york city"
    synonym:
  • report
  • ,
  • cover

9. Hold within range of an aimed firearm

    synonym:
  • cover

10. To take an action to protect against future problems

  • "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
    synonym:
  • cover

11. Hide from view or knowledge

  • "The president covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the white house"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • cover up

12. Protect or defend (a position in a game)

  • "He covered left field"
    synonym:
  • cover

13. Maintain a check on

  • Especially by patrolling
  • "The second officer covered the top floor"
    synonym:
  • cover

14. Protect by insurance

  • "The insurance won't cover this"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • insure
  • ,
  • underwrite

15. Make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities

  • "He is compensating for being a bad father"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • compensate
  • ,
  • overcompensate

16. Invest with a large or excessive amount of something

  • "She covered herself with glory"
    synonym:
  • cover

17. Help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities

  • "She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
    synonym:
  • cover

18. Be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of

  • "Is this enough to cover the check?"
    synonym:
  • cover

19. Spread over a surface to conceal or protect

  • "This paint covers well"
    synonym:
  • cover

20. Cover as if with a shroud

  • "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
    synonym:
  • shroud
  • ,
  • enshroud
  • ,
  • hide
  • ,
  • cover

21. Copulate with a female, used especially of horses

  • "The horse covers the mare"
    synonym:
  • breed
  • ,
  • cover

22. Put something on top of something else

  • "Cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
    synonym:
  • overlay
  • ,
  • cover

23. Play a higher card than the one previously played

  • "Smith covered again"
    synonym:
  • cover

24. Be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game

    synonym:
  • cover

25. Sit on (eggs)

  • "Birds brood"
  • "The female covers the eggs"
    synonym:
  • brood
  • ,
  • hatch
  • ,
  • cover
  • ,
  • incubate

26. Clothe, as if for protection from the elements

  • "Cover your head!"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • wrap up

Examples of using

How does the couch look without the cover?
I think that'll cover all Tom's expenses.
Take cover!