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phrasal verb
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present tense
I/you/we/theycover up
he/she/itcovers up
present participlecovering up
past tensecovered up
past participlecovered up

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  1. 1
    [transitive] same as cover1 (sense 1)
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to put more clothes or covers on your body, to hide it or keep it warm
    It’s freezing outside, so cover up.
    When dad saw my short skirt he told me to cover myself up.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to hide the truth about something by not telling what you know or by preventing other people from telling what they know
    It was a real scandal, but the school tried to cover the whole thing up.
    cover up for: He got his powerful friends to cover up for him.
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