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[ree-kuhv-er] /riˈkʌv ər/
verb (used with object)
to cover again or anew.
Origin of re-cover
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English recoveren; see re-, cover
Can be confused
re-cover, recover. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for re-cover
Historical Examples
  • If your eiderdown is getting shabby, why not clean it and re-cover it yourself?

  • I should re-cover those chairs, if I were you; nothing would be easier.

    Mrs. Tree Laura E. Richards
  • Just before serving uncover the fish, pour a little white wine sauce on top, re-cover, and serve.

  • I will take my umbrella to the maker, who will re-cover it in good, durable silk, and I will bring the bill to you.

  • Then there is nothing for it but to provide new boards or patch up and re-cover the old ones.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
British Dictionary definitions for re-cover


verb (transitive)
to cover again
to provide (a piece of furniture, book, etc) with a new cover
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for re-cover

"to put a new cover on," c.1400, from re- "again" + cover (v.). Related: Re-covered; re-covering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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