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verb uk   /ˈkʌv.ər/ us    //

cover verb (PLACE OVER)

A2 [T] to put or spread something over something, or to lie on the surface of something: The light was so bright that I had to cover my eyes. Snow covered the hillsides. She covered him (up) with a blanket. Cover the meat with a layer of cheese. The bandages were covered with/in blood. How much of the Earth's surface is covered by/with water?
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cover verb (DEAL WITH)

B1 [T] to deal with or direct attention to something: This leaflet covers what we've just discussed in more detail. Do these parking restrictions cover residents as well as visitors? The new office will cover the whole of Scotland.
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cover verb (REPORT)

C1 [T] to report the news about a particular important event: She's covering the American election for BBC television.
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cover verb (PROTECT)

C1 [T] to protect someone against loss, damage, accident, or having something stolen, by having insurance: Does your travel insurance cover you against/for the loss or theft of cash?cover yourself to do something to protect yourself from blame or criticism in the future: I kept copies of my expense receipts, just to cover myself.
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cover verb (TRAVEL)

B2 [T] to travel a particular distance: We covered 400 km in three hours.

cover verb (BE ENOUGH)

C1 [T] to be enough money to pay for something: The selling price barely covered the cost of the raw materials. Would £50 cover your expenses?

cover verb (GIVE PROTECTION)

[T] to aim a gun or shoot at someone to try to stop them from shooting or escaping, or to protect someone else: The police officer was covered by her colleagues while she ran towards the gunman's hideout. [T] When soldiers or police officers cover a place such as a road or building, they are in a position from which they can watch and defend it: We've got all the exits covered, so they've no chance of escape.

cover verb (SPORTS)

[T] US ( UK mark) to prevent a member of the opposing team from taking control of the ball by staying close to them all the time

cover verb (DO SOMEONE'S JOB)

[I or T] to do someone else's job or duty when they are absent: I'm going to the doctor's tomorrow, so do you think you could cover my shift for me? Sorry, I'm already covering for someone else.

cover verb (RECORD)

[T] to make a recording of a song or tune that has already been recorded by someone else: I think more singers have covered "Yesterday" than any other song.
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noun uk   /ˈkʌv.ər/ us    //


B1 [C] something that is put on or over something else, usually to protect it, to keep something in, etc.: I keep my computer printer under a protective plastic cover. Remove the packaging and pierce the film cover before microwaving.B1 [C] the stiff outside part of a book or magazine, usually made of thick paper or cardboard: Who should we put on the cover of the magazine this month? Paperback books have soft sth from cover to cover to read a book, magazine, etc. all the way through from the beginning to the end [C] Indian English an envelopesend sth under plain/separate cover formal to send something in a plain/separate envelopecovers [plural] the blankets, sheets , etc. on a bed: Martha threw back the covers and bounced out of bed.
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cover noun (PROTECTION)

C1 [U] shelter or protection in an unpleasant or dangerous situation: We took cover from the storm in a bus shelter. The burglar broke into the house under cover of darkness. [U] plants, especially bushes, that are used as shelter by animals [U] protection by someone who has a gun: We needed more cover from the enemy aircraft.C1 UK ( US coverage) [U] financial protection so that you get money if something bad happens: I've got £20,000 worth of cover for the contents of my house. Do you have cover for accidental damage?

cover noun (SONG)

[C] ( also cover version) a performance or recording of a song or tune that has already been recorded by someone else: How many cover versions have been made of "My Way"?
(Definition of cover from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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