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verb [transitive] cover pronunciation in American English /ˈkʌvər/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecovering
past tensecovered
past participlecovered
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  1. 1



    cover over


    cover up

    to put one thing over another, in order to protect or hide it
    Cover the food until you are ready to eat it.
    cover someone/something with something: They covered her with a blanket.
    be covered with/by something: The floor was covered with a sheet of plastic.
    1. a.
      to be on top of something
      A rug covered the hole in the carpet.
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    2. b.
      to put your hands over your eyes, ears, or mouth
      Bob covered his eyes, unable to look at the body.
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  2. 2
    to be all over a surface or object
    Bruises covered his entire body.
    be covered with/in something: His clothes were covered with mud.
    All the furniture was covered with dust.
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    1. a.
      to spread something all over a surface or object
      They covered the path with rose petals.
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    2. b.
      to spread or lie all over an area of land
      Dense forest covers the lower slopes of the mountain.
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  3. 3
    to include and deal with a particular situation, subject, period of history, etc.
    Section 5 covers vacation allowances for part-time workers.
    Her new book covers the period from 1870 to 1918.
    The program covers all aspects of health and safety at work.
    1. a.
      if a law, rule, or contract covers a particular situation, type of person, etc., it includes or deals with that situation or person
      The rights of unmarried fathers are not covered by this legislation.
  4. 4
    to give a report or description of an event on television or radio, or in a newspaper
    We will be covering the game live on Saturday afternoon.
    Clare Gray covered the Paris fashion shows for the paper.
  5. 5
    if an insurance agreement covers a situation or person, it provides protection against loss for that situation or person
    The warranty does not cover damage caused by misuse of the product.
    cover someone for something: His car insurance covers him for business use.
    cover someone to do something: Are you covered to drive a truck?
    cover someone against something: You need to be covered against fire.
  6. 6
    to have enough money to pay for something
    We need $700 a month to cover the rent.
  7. 7
    to travel a particular distance
    We had to cover the last three miles on foot.
  8. 8
    music to perform or record a song that was first performed by someone else
    Her new album covers some old Beatles classics.
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    to protect someone from attack by pointing a gun at someone who might shoot them
    His partner covered him while he ran across the prison yard.
    1. a.
      to prevent someone from moving or escaping by pointing a gun toward them
      You go first while we cover the back door.
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