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Definition of 'cover'


  1. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "they crouched behind the screen"; "under cover of darkness"
       Synonyms: screen covert concealment
  2. bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
       Synonyms: blanket
  3. the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
       Synonyms: covering screening masking
  4. the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book; "the book had a leather binding"
       Synonyms: binding book binding back
  5. a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover"
       Synonyms: covering natural covering
  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"
       Synonyms: top
  7. fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations; "artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
       Synonyms: covering fire
  8. a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink
       Synonyms: cover charge
  9. a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else; "they made a cover of a Beatles' song"
       Synonyms: 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"


  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"
       Antonyms: uncover expose
  2. form a cover over; "The grass covered the grave"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: continue extend
  4. provide for; "The grant doesn't cover my salary"
  5. deal with 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: embrace encompass comprehend
  7. travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
       Synonyms: traverse track 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"
       Synonyms: report
  9. hold within range of an aimed firearm
  10. to take an action to protect against future problems; "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
  11. hide from view or knowledge; "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
       Synonyms: cover up
  12. protect or defend (a position in a game); "he covered left field"
  13. maintain a check on; especially by patrolling; "The second officer covered the top floor"
  14. protect by insurance; "The insurance won't cover this"
       Synonyms: insure underwrite
  15. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; "he is compensating for being a bad father"
       Synonyms: compensate overcompensate
  16. invest with a large or excessive amount of something; "She covered herself with glory"
  17. help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities; "She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
  18. be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of; "Is this enough to cover the check?"
  19. spread over a surface to conceal or protect; "This paint covers well"
  20. cover as if with a shroud; "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
       Synonyms: shroud enshroud hide
  21. copulate with a female, used especially of horses; "The horse covers the mare"
       Synonyms: breed
  22. put something on top of something else; "cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
       Synonyms: overlay
  23. play a higher card than the one previously played; "Smith covered again"
  24. be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
  25. sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
       Synonyms: brood hatch incubate
  26. clothe, as if for protection from the elements; "cover your head!"
       Synonyms: wrap up

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