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English definition of “cover”

cover

verb
 
 
/ˈkʌvər/
[T] to include or deal with something: The seminars cover such topics as making an impact at interview, employability, and what companies are looking for. Have I covered all your questions?
COMMERCE to serve customers in a particular area: Our delivery service covers the entire metropolitan area.
[T] FINANCE to be enough money to pay for something: My wife earns enough to cover the mortgage. We only sold enough to cover our costs - we made no profit at all. The amount was not sufficient to cover all his debts. The government's guarantee will cover the first £50,000 of people's savings.
[I or T] INSURANCE to protect someone or something against loss, damage, accident, etc., by insurance: The policy covers employee and public liability, equipment loss, materials, and personal accidents.cover (sb) against/for sth In general, buildings insurance covers (you) against damage to the house itself and outbuildings such as conservatories and greenhouses.
[T] to protect yourself from being blamed for something: cover yourself (against something) Always inform a senior colleague of your intentions, in order to cover yourself against accusations of bullying.
[T] FINANCE if a financial organization can cover a loan, it is protected against loss by having enough collateral (= property that a person borrowing money agrees to give to the organization if they fail to pay the debt): The approval for a home equity loan is usually easy as the lender has collateral to cover the loan amount.
[T] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to buy shares, currency, etc. that you have arranged to sell in the future, especially if the price is rising and you had expected it to go down: Tokyo stocks advanced 1.1% Thursday as futures rose and investors scrambled to cover short positions.
[I or T] HR to do someone else's job when they are absent: cover (for sb) We are expected to cover for each other if someone is absent or is late arriving in the morning. While he was on sick leave, a colleague covered his job.
(Definition of cover verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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