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English definition of “cover”

cover

verb (GIVE PROTECTION)    /ˈkʌv.ər/ US  //
[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 .GunsDefending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving [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 .Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
(Definition of cover verb (GIVE PROTECTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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