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English definition of “cover”

cover

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?

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.

cover verb (REPORT)

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

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.

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 (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.
Phrasal verbs

cover

noun uk   /ˈkʌv.ər/ us    //

cover noun (SOMETHING PLACED OVER)

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 covers. read 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 envelope send sth under plain/separate cover formal to send something in a plain/separate envelope covers [plural] the blankets, sheets, etc. on a bed: Martha threw back the covers and bounced out of bed.

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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