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
Synonyms for cover
Examples from the Web for covers
Contemporary Examples of covers
Spin control began, Florida-style: the opinion only covers some counties, some people, some times.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
But any biographer of the novel faces a problem more fundamental than compressing between two covers a vast and unwieldy subject.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
It covers kindergarten through 8th grade and has $3,825 annual tuition, but fundraising allows many to get $1,500 in tuition aid.Freedom From Fear for Dreamer Kids
November 24, 2014
“The covers were always what was number one on the charts that week,” McKell recalled.London’s Pagan Counterculture Kings
October 12, 2014
In his free time, he recorded Vampire Weekend covers for his Facebook followers, because why not?‘Ryan Adams’ Is No Domestic Bliss Album
September 12, 2014
Historical Examples of covers
The remains of man, too, add to the earthy coating that covers the face of the globe.Man and Nature
George P. Marsh
When the valve is in its middle position it generally more than covers the steam ports.An Introduction to Machine Drawing and Design
David Allan Low
It covers the high altar, which is only used on the most solemn occasions.Walks in Rome
Augustus J.C. Hare
But even if that rushing water only covers the island, where will we be then, Id like to know?The Pioneer Boys on the Missouri
The covers of the two bronze lamps shown in Fig. 196 are adorned with figures.Pompeii, Its Life and Art
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 pointa fielder in such a position
Word Origin for cover
mid-12c., from Old French covrir (12c., Modern French couvrir) "to cover, protect, conceal, dissemble," from Late Latin coperire, from Latin cooperire "to cover over, overwhelm, bury," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + operire "to close, cover" (see weir). Related: Covered; covering. Military sense is from 1680s; newspaper sense first recorded 1893; use in football dates from 1907. Betting sense is 1857. OF horses, as a euphemism for "copulate" it dates from 1530s. Covered wagon attested from 1745.
early 13c., in compounds, from cover (v.). Meaning "recording of a song already recorded by another" is 1966. Cover girl is U.S. slang from 1915, shortening of magazine-cover girl.
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