verb (used with object)
- to act as a reporter or reviewer of (an event, a field of interest, a performance, etc.); have as an assignment: She covers sports for the paper.
- to publish or broadcast a report or reports of (a news item, a series of related events, etc.): The press covered the trial in great detail.
- to be in line with by occupying a position directly before or behind.
- to protect (a soldier, force, or military position) during an expected period of ground combat by taking a position from which any hostile troops can be fired upon.
verb (used without object)
- an envelope or outer wrapping for mail.
- a letter folded so that the address may be placed on the outside and the missive mailed.
- to cover completely; enfold.
- to keep secret; conceal: She tried to cover up her part in the plot.
- clandestinely; secretly: Arrangements for the escape were made under cover.
- within an envelope: The report will be mailed to you under separate cover.
Origin of cover
Examples from the Web for cover
Clad in a blue, striped button-down, a silver watch adorning his left wrist, Huckabee beams on the cover.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Until concern trolls like Sarah Ditum came along trying to cover it up again.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Even in the parts of the movement he does cover, some people and efforts are missing.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dates to soften, about 15 minutes.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cover crust with parchment paper and pour in baking beans or weights.
At an expense for material, I should think, of $7,400 in all to cover the enterprise.The Crime of the Century|Henry M. Hunt
On the model's face was her faint, impersonal professional smile that seemed to cover something like weariness or contempt.The Trimmed Lamp|O. Henry
Cover with one cup of sugar and then let stand for one-half hour.Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book|Mary A. Wilson
My only fear is that the coral may grow over and cover it up before I am free to get out there.Stories of the Ships|Lewis R. Freeman
Cover it, and leave for forty-eight hours; then decant into bottles, being careful to leave all sediment behind.What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes|Dorothy Canfield Fisher
British Dictionary definitions for cover
verb (mainly tr)
- to insure against loss, risk, etc
- to provide for (loss, risk, etc) by insurance
- a blanket used on a bed for warmth
- another word for bedspread
- an entire envelope that has been postmarked
- on cover (of a postage stamp) kept in this form by collectors
- (often plural) the area more or less at right angles to the pitch on the off side and usually about halfway to the boundaryto field in the covers
- (as modifier)a cover drive by a batsman
- Also called: cover point a fielder in such a position
Derived Formscoverable, adjectivecoverer, nouncoverless, adjective
Word Origin for cover
Idioms and Phrases with cover
In addition to the idioms beginning with cover
- cover for
- cover girl
- cover ground
- cover one's ass
- cover one's tracks
- cover story
- cover the field
- cover up
- blow one's cover
- break cover
- judge a book by its cover
- (cover a) multitude of sins
- take cover
- under cover