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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycover for
he/she/itcovers for
present participlecovering for
past tensecovered for
past participlecovered for
  1. 1
    cover for someone to do someone’s work while they are away or ill

    I’m just covering for Mrs Tyler, so please bear with me.

  2. 2
    cover for someone to protect someone from punishment, for example by telling a lie for them

    If Pauline asks where I am, will you cover for me?

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