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English definition of “cover”

cover

verb  /ˈkʌv·ər/ us  

cover verb (PLACE OVER)

[T] to put or spread something over something, or to lie on the surface of something: Once the rice comes to a boil, turn down the flame and cover the pot. She covered the child with a blanket. [T] If something covers an area of a particular size, it is equal to an area of that size: Grand Canyon National Park covers over a million acres.

cover verb (TRAVEL)

[T] to travel a particular distance: We covered 600 miles in the last two days. fig. Her lecture covered a lot of ground, from Renaissance art to modern art.

cover verb (INCLUDE)

[T] to deal with or include someone or something: The travel guide covers all the museums and historic places.

cover verb (REPORT)

[T] to report or write about a particular subject for a newspaper, magazine, television, or radio: Harold covers sports for the Times, and Joan covers real-estate developments.

cover verb (BE ENOUGH)

[T] to be enough money to pay for: Will $150 cover your expenses?

cover verb (PROTECT)

[T] to protect someone or something from financial loss, damage, accident, or having something stolen; to insure: Our car insurance covers us up to $250,000 for personal injury.

cover verb (DO JOB)

[I always + adv/prep] to do a job or duty for someone who is absent: Can you cover for me while I'm at the dentist on Monday?

cover verb (TAKE CARE OF)

[T] to deal with or take care of something: Could you cover the phones while I’m away from the office?

cover

noun  /ˈkʌv·ər/ us  

cover noun (SHELTER)

[U] shelter or protection, esp. in a dangerous situation: Folks heard the storm was coming and took cover.

cover noun (PLACE OVER)

[C] something that is placed over something, often for protection, or that lies over something else to form a layer: I keep my computer printer under a plastic cover. [C] The cover of a book or magazine is the stiff, outside part of it, usually made of thick paper or cardboard. [C] A cover is also a layer of a material used to keep a person in bed warm: [pl] On cold days, she pulled the covers up to her chin.
(Definition of cover from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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