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Definition of "cover" [cov•er]

  • To place something upon or over, so as to protect or conceal. (verb-transitive)
  • To overlay or spread with something: cover potatoes with gravy. (verb-transitive)
  • To put a cover or covering on. (verb-transitive)
  • To wrap up; clothe. (verb-transitive)
  • To invest (oneself) with a great deal of something: covered themselves with glory. (verb-transitive)
  • To place or spread something over so as to protect or conceal (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To provide with a covering; clothe (verb)
  • To put a garment, esp a hat, on (the body or head) (verb)
  • To extend over or lie thickly on the surface of; spread (verb)
  • To bring upon (oneself); invest (oneself) as if with a covering (verb)
  • To act as a screen or concealment for; hide from view (verb)
  • To protect (an individual, formation, or place) by taking up a position from which fire may be returned if those being protected are fired upon (verb)
  • To assume responsibility for (a person or thing) (verb)
  • To provide an alibi (for) (verb)
  • To have as one's territory (verb)
  • To travel over (verb)
  • To have or place in the aim and within the range of (a firearm) (verb)
  • To include or deal with (verb)
  • (of an asset or income) to be sufficient to meet (a liability or expense) (verb)
  • To insure against loss, risk, etc (verb)
  • To provide for (loss, risk, etc) by insurance (verb)
  • To purchase (securities, etc) in order to meet contracts, esp short sales (verb)
  • To deposit (an equivalent stake) in a bet or wager (verb)
  • To play a card higher in rank than (one played beforehand by another player) (verb)
  • To act as reporter or photographer on (a news event, etc) for a newspaper or magazine (verb)
  • To guard or protect (an opponent, team-mate, or area) (verb)
  • To record a cover version of (verb)
  • (of a male animal, esp a horse) to copulate with (a female animal) (verb)
  • (of a bird) to brood (eggs) (verb)
  • Anything that covers, spreads over, protects, or conceals (noun)
  • Woods or bushes providing shelter or a habitat for wild creatures (noun)
  • A blanket used on a bed for warmth (noun)
  • Liquid assets, reserves, or guaranteed income sufficient to discharge a liability, meet an expenditure, etc (noun)
  • A pretext, disguise, or false identity (noun)
  • An envelope or package for sending through the post (noun)
  • An entire envelope that has been postmarked (noun)
  • An individual table setting, esp in a restaurant (noun)
  • The guarding or protection of an opponent, team-mate, or area (noun)
  • A version by a different artist of a previously recorded musical item (noun)
  • The area more or less at right angles to the pitch on the off side and usually about halfway to the boundary (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A fielder in such a position (noun)
  • The percentage of the ground surface covered by a given species of plant (noun)

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Use "cover" in a sentence
  • "I don't post about cover art very often, since the bloggers who do..cover it pun intended better than I could."
  • "I would buy it for the cover alone, though I know the story would be worth the money, too. *returns to staring at cover*"
  • "Have had it for 1 week now and never out of the house - just noticed a slight rattle from the LHS of battery or battery cover on lower side - have not had battery out so don't know if it's a battery cover or combined cover+ battery."