Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Cover
  1. fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations; "artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
  2. the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
  3. a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent); "her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"
  4. the front and back covering of a book; "the book had a leather binding"
  5. bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
  6. a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else; "they made a cover of a Beatles'' song"
  7. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "they crouched behind the screen"; "under cover of darkness"
  8. covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container); "he removed the top of the carton"; "he couldn''t get the top off of the bottle"; "put the cover back on the kettle"
  9. a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover"
  10. a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink
  11. clothe, as if for protection from the elements; "cover your head!"
  12. sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
  13. protect by insurance; "The insurance won''t cover this"
  14. be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism; "Snow reported on China in the 1950''s"; "The cub reporter covered New York City"
  15. maintain a check on; especially by patrolling; "The second officer covered the top floor"
  16. deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
  17. hold within range of an aimed firearm
  18. protect or defend (a position in a game); "he covered left field"
  19. be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
  20. play a higher card than the one previously played; "Smith covered again"
  21. form a cover over; "The grass covered the grave"
  22. 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"
  23. put something on top of something else; "cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
  24. copulate with a female, used especially of horses; "The horse covers the mare"
  25. cover as if with a shroud; "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
  26. travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
  27. spread over a surface to conceal or protect; "This paint covers well"
  28. hide from view or knowledge; "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
  29. be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of; "Is this enough to cover the check?"
  30. to take an action to protect against future problems; "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
  31. help out by taking someone''s place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities; "She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
  32. invest with a large or excessive amount of something; "She covered herself with glory"
  33. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one''s sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group"
  34. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; "he is compensating for being a bad father"
  35. provide for; "The grant doesn''t cover my salary"
  36. span an interval of distance, space or time; "The war extended over five years"; "The period covered the turn of the century"; "My land extends over the hills on the horizon"; "This farm covers some 200 acres"
Similar Words: covering fire, covering, screening, masking, binding, book binding, back, blanket, cover version, cover song, screen, covert, concealment, top, natural covering, cover charge, wrap up, brood, hatch, incubate, insure, underwrite, report, treat, handle, plow, deal, address, spread over, overlay, breed, shroud, enshroud, hide, traverse, track, cross, pass over, get over, get across, cut through, cut across, cover up, embrace, encompass, comprehend, compensate, overcompensate, extend


Hyponyms: half binding, three-quarter binding, afghan, electric blanket, mackinaw, Mackinaw blanket, manta, security blanket, blind, camouflage, shoji, stalking-horse, cap, lid, manhole cover, screwtop, scale, shell, test, body covering, sheath, case, integument, blanket, mantle, crust, incrustation, encrustation, envelope, indumentum, indument, eggshell, skim, slough, snowcap, vesture, peridium, pericarp, seed vessel, perianth, chlamys, floral envelope, perigone, perigonium, theca, sac, indusium, bark, reinsure, indemnify, theologize, theologise, discourse, talk about, discuss, double-team, flood, bloody, mist, mist over, glaciate, strew, grass, grass over, coat, cake, submerge, drown, overwhelm, carpet, smother, shroud, frost, daub, smear, roof, mulch, turf, bank, board up, bedaub, besmear, surface, butter, lather, wallpaper, paper, canvas, oil, wax, veneer, grease, wash, line, face, feather, wrap, wrap up, spritz, felt, paste, coif, hold, jacket, foil, white-out, flash, pall, sod, bind, plank, plank over, parcel, flake, recover, hood, cowl, clapboard, canopy, bread, blinker, blindfold, aluminize, aluminise, crown, sheet, tile, lag, mask, block out, plaster, plaster over, stick on, paint, put on, apply, laminate, spray, brush, ice, surround, envelop, enfold, enwrap, enclose, sheathe, crape, crepe, concrete, blacklead, gravel, lime, mound over, straw, spread, drape, dust, steel, splash, tramp, stride, walk, crisscross, ford, bridge, jaywalk, drive, take, course, hop, whitewash, gloss over, sleek over, hush up, cross, traverse, span, sweep, overlap, overspread, ridge, dot, stud, constellate


Grouped Verbs: breed, hatch, compensate, overcompensate, report, treat, handle, do by, embrace, encompass, comprehend, extend, overlay, spread over, brood, incubate, insure, underwrite, plow, deal, address


Entailments: sit down, sit


Part Meronyms: book, volume


Derivational Morphology: dissemble, cloak, mask, shield, screen, cover up, back, spread over, bind, overlay, covering, brooding, incubation, incubator, brooder, hatch, hatching, brood, insurance broker, insurance agent, general agent, underwriter, insurance company, insurance firm, insurer, insurance underwriter, insurance, coverage, insurance coverage, reporting, reportage, report, account, news report, story, write up, reporter, newsman, newsperson, discussion, treatment, discourse, covering fire, binding, book binding, covert, concealment, natural covering, top, sheathing, overlayer, pall, shroud, cerement, winding-sheet, winding-clothes, crossing, crosswalk, crossover, path, track, course, traversal, traverse, traverser, screening, masking, cover-up, cover charge, inclusion, comprehension, encompassment, overcompensation, compensation, extent


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: dekking and voorblad   Albanian: kapak  
Catalan: tapa   Croatian: poklopac  
Dutch: dekken and deksel and kaft   Esperanto: tegilo  
Finnish: kansi and piilottaa   French: couverture  
German: Deckel and decken and Einband   Hebrew: כריכה and לכסות  
Hungarian: borító and fedő   Italian: coperto  
Lithuanian: užlieti   Polish: przykrycie and przykrywać  
Portuguese: acobertar and capa and tampa   Russian: крышка and обложка and прятать  
Slovene: platnica and pokriti and pokrov   Spanish: esconder and tapa  
Swedish: lock and omslag and täcka   Telugu: మూత and మూయు  
Turkish: kapak  
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