Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “cover”

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of cover?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “cover” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More