Cover - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkʌvər|  American pronunciation of the word cover
Brit.  |ˈkʌvə|  British pronunciation of the word cover


- a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something (syn: concealment, covert, screen)
under cover of darkness
the brush provided a covert for game
- bedding that keeps a person warm in bed (syn: blanket)
he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep
- the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it (syn: covering, masking, screening)
the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft
- the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book (syn: back, binding)
- a natural object that covers or envelops (syn: covering)
under a covering of dust
the fox was flushed from its cover
- covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container) (syn: top)
put the cover back on the kettle
- fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations
artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal
- a fixed charge by a restaurant or nightclub over and above the charge for food and drink
- a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else
they made a cover of a Beatles' song
- a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent)
her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment


- 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
- form a cover over
The grass covered the grave
- span an interval of distance, space or time (syn: continue, extend)
The period covered the turn of the century
This farm covers some 200 acres
- provide for
The grant doesn't cover my salary
- act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression (syn: address, deal, handle, plow, treat)
The course covered all of Western Civilization
- include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory (syn: comprehend, embrace, encompass)
this should cover everyone in the group
- travel across or pass over (syn: cross, get across, get over, pass over, track, traverse)
The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day
- be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism (syn: report)
The cub reporter covered New York City
- hold within range of an aimed firearm
- to take an action to protect against future problems
Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself
- hide from view or knowledge (syn: cover up)
The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House
- protect or defend (a position in a game)
he covered left field
- maintain a check on; especially by patrolling
The second officer covered the top floor
- protect by insurance (syn: insure, underwrite)
The insurance won't cover this
- make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities (syn: compensate)
- invest with a large or excessive amount of something
She covered herself with glory
- help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities
She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week
- be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of
Is this enough to cover the check?
- spread over a surface to conceal or protect
This paint covers well
- cover as if with a shroud (syn: enshroud, hide, shroud)
- copulate with a female, used especially of horses (syn: breed)
The horse covers the mare
- put something on top of something else (syn: overlay)
cover the meat with a lot of gravy
- play a higher card than the one previously played
Smith covered again
- be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
- sit on (eggs) (syn: brood, hatch, incubate)
The female covers the eggs
- clothe, as if for protection from the elements (syn: wrap up)
cover your head!

Extra examples

The gardener covered the soil with mulch.

The furniture had been covered in a protective cloth.

We covered the stains on the wall with a fresh coat of paint.

You should cover your mouth when you cough.

She covered her head with a scarf.

Tables covered with white linen

Lakes cover much of the state.

The hikers covered long distances every day.

The bird may cover thousands of miles during its migration.

She placed a cover over the pan so that the oil wouldn't spatter.

I put a cover on the sofa to protect it.

I lifted the cover of the box and peaked inside.

There's a picture of the author on the book's back cover.

The singer is posing in jeans and cowboy boots on the album cover.

The jewel box had a carved wooden cover.

Phrasal verbs

cover up  — hide from view or knowledge

Word forms

I/you/we/they: cover
he/she/it: covers
present participle: covering
past tense: covered
past participle: covered
singular: cover
plural: covers
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