Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “cover for someone/something”

cover for someone/something

verb phrasal verb with cover  /ˈkʌv·ər/ us  
to provide an excuse for someone, or an explanation for something that has gone wrong: She would cover for her brothers when they came in late.
(Definition of cover for someone/something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of cover for someone/something?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

roost

When birds roost, they go somewhere to rest or sleep.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More