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verb [transitive] cover pronunciation in British English /ˈkʌvə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecovering
past tensecovered
past participlecovered
  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 plastic sheeting.

    1. a.
      to be on top of something

      A rug covered the hole in the carpet.

    2. b.
      to put your hands over your eyes, ears, or mouth

      Bob covered his eyes, unable to look at the body.

  2. 2
    to be all over a surface or object

    Bruises covered his entire body.

    be covered with/in something:

    His clothes were covered in mud.

    All the furniture was covered with dust.

    1. a.
      to spread something all over a surface or object

      They covered the path with rose petals.

    2. b.
      to spread or lie all over an area of land

      Dense forest covers the lower slopes of the mountain.

  3. 3
    to include and deal with a particular situation, subject, period of history etc

    Section 5 covers holiday allowances for part-time workers.

    Her new book covers the period from 1870 to 1918.

    The programme 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 Times.

  5. 6
    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. 7
    to travel a particular distance

    We had to cover the last three miles on foot.

  7. 8
    music to perform or record a song that was first performed by someone else

    Her new album covers some old Beatles classics.

  8. 9
    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 towards them

      You go first while we cover the back door.


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