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"cover" in American English

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coververb

us   /ˈkʌv·ər/
  • cover verb (PLACE OVER)

[T] to put or spread something over something, or to lie on the surface of something: Once the rice comes to a boil, turn down the flame and cover the pot. She covered the child with a blanket.
[T] If something covers an area of a particular size, it is equal to an area of that size: Grand Canyon National Park covers over a million acres.
  • cover verb (TRAVEL)

[T] to travel a particular distance: We covered 600 miles in the last two days. fig. Her lecture covered a lot of ground, from Renaissance art to modern art.
  • cover verb (INCLUDE)

[T] to deal with or include someone or something: The travel guide covers all the museums and historic places.
  • cover verb (REPORT)

[T] to report or write about a particular subject for a newspaper, magazine, television, or radio: Harold covers sports for the Times, and Joan covers real-estate developments.
  • cover verb (BE ENOUGH)

[T] to be enough money to pay for: Will $150 cover your expenses?
  • cover verb (PROTECT)

[T] to protect someone or something from financial loss, damage, accident, or having something stolen; to insure: Our car insurance covers us up to $250,000 for personal injury.
  • cover verb (DO JOB)

[I always + adv/prep] to do a job or duty for someone who is absent: Can you cover for me while I'm at the dentist on Monday?
  • cover verb (TAKE CARE OF)

[T] to deal with or take care of something: Could you cover the phones while I’m away from the office?

covernoun

us   /ˈkʌv·ər/
  • cover noun (SHELTER)

[U] shelter or protection, esp. in a dangerous situation: Folks heard the storm was coming and took cover.
  • cover noun (PLACE OVER)

[C] something that is placed over something, often for protection, or that lies over something else to form a layer: I keep my computer printer under a plastic cover.
[C] The cover of a book or magazine is the stiff, outside part of it, usually made of thick paper or cardboard.
[C] A cover is also a layer of a material used to keep a person in bed warm: [pl] On cold days, she pulled the covers up to her chin.
(Definition of cover from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"cover" in British English

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coververb

uk   /ˈkʌv.ər/ us   /ˈkʌv.ɚ/
  • 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 salesman's territory covers the whole of the southeast.

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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 (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: All the exits are covered, so they can't 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.
Phrasal verbs

covernoun

uk   /ˈkʌv.ər/ us   /ˈkʌv.ɚ/
  • 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 plastic 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.

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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?
Synonym
(Definition of cover from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cover" in Business English

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coververb

uk   /ˈkʌvər/ us  
[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.

covernoun

uk   /ˈkʌvər/ us  
[C] the stiff outside part of a book or magazine: She became the first woman to appear on the cover of Business Week.
[U] UK also insurance cover, US coverage INSURANCE financial protection against loss, damage, injury, etc., which an insurance company sells: health/liability/life/travel cover A firm employing staff needs to have employers' liability cover.buy/get/take out cover (for/against sth) Homeworkers can get insurance cover for copiers and faxes but premium costs vary widely.provide cover (for/against sth) The policy provides cover for loss or damage to property owned by the insured. For a small additional premium, you can increase this cover to £100,000.
[U] FINANCE the fact of being enough to pay for something: The property that is being offered as collateral will be sufficient cover for the loan amount.
[U] HR the situation in which someone does someone else's job when they are absent: Employees need cover for days they have to stay home to care for sick children.
(Definition of cover from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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