If you cover something, you place something else over it in order to protect it, hide it, or close it.
Cover the casserole with a tight-fitting lid...
He whimpered and covered his face...
If one thing covers another, it has been placed over it in order to protect it, hide it, or close it.
His finger went up to touch the black patch which covered his left eye...
His head was covered with a khaki turban.
If one thing covers another, it forms a layer over its surface.
The clouds had spread and nearly covered the entire sky...
Two oil slicks are covering a total area of seven square miles...
To cover something with or in something else means to put a layer of the second thing over its surface.
The trees in your garden may have covered the ground with apples, pears or plums...
She covered the walls with the signs of the zodiac.
If you cover a particular distance, you travel that distance.
It would not be easy to cover ten miles on that amount of petrol...
It covered the distance in 28 hours compared with the train's six days.
To cover someone or something means to protect them from attack, for example by pointing a gun in the direction of people who may attack them, ready to fire the gun if necessary.
You go first. I'll cover you.
Cover is protection from enemy attack that is provided for troops or ships carrying out a particular operation, for example by aircraft.
They said they could not provide adequate air cover for ground operations.
Cover is trees, rocks, or other places where you shelter from the weather or from an attack, or hide from someone.
Charles lit the fuses and they ran for cover.
...barren wastes of field with no trees and no cover.
An insurance policy that covers a person or thing guarantees that money will be paid by the insurance company in relation to that person or thing.
Their insurer paid the £900 bill, even though the policy did not strictly cover it...
These items are not covered by your medical insurance...
Insurance cover is a guarantee from an insurance company that money will be paid by them if it is needed.
Make sure that the firm's insurance cover is adequate.
If a law covers a particular set of people, things, or situations, it applies to them.
The law covers four categories of experiments...
Like any other commodity, pedigree dogs are covered by the Sale of Goods Act.
If you cover a particular topic, you discuss it in a lecture, course, or book.
The Oxford Chemistry Primers aim to cover important topics in organic chemistry...
Other subjects covered included nerves and how to overcome them.
If journalists, newspapers, or television companies cover an event, they report on it.
Robinson was sent to Italy to cover the 1990 World Cup...
The US news media will cover the trial closely.
If a sum of money covers something, it is enough to pay for it.
Send it to the address given with £1.50 to cover postage and administration...
Those figures might not even cover the cost of breakages.
A cover is something which is put over an object, usually in order to protect it.
...a family room with washable covers on the furniture.
...a duvet cover.
The covers on your bed are the things such as sheets and blankets that you have on top of you.
She set her glass down and slid farther under the covers.
The cover of a book or a magazine is the outside part of it.
A few years ago, David Byrne was on the cover of Time magazine.
...a small spiral-bound booklet with a green cover...
Something that is a cover for secret or illegal activities seems respectable or normal, and is intended to hide the activities.
They set up a spurious temple that was a cover for sexual debauchery...
As a cover story he generally tells people he is a freelance photographer.
If you cover for someone who is doing something secret or illegal, you give false information or do not give all the information you have, in order to protect them.
Why would she cover for someone who was trying to kill her?
If you cover for someone who is ill or away, you do their work for them while they are not there.
She did not have enough nurses to cover for those who went ill or took holiday.
To cover a song originally performed by someone else means to record a new version of it.
He must make a decent living from other artists covering his songs.
同 cover version
A cover is the same as a cover version .
The single is a cover of an old Rolling Stones song.
To blow someone's cover means to cause their true identity or the true nature of their work to be revealed.
Asking those kind of questions could blow my cover...
The young man looked embarrassed, as if he were a spy whose cover had been blown.
If you break cover, you leave a place where you have been hiding or sheltering from attack, usually in order to run to another place.
They began running again, broke cover and dashed towards the road.
If you take cover, you shelter from gunfire, bombs, or the weather.
Shoppers took cover behind cars as police marksmen returned fire.
If you are under cover, you are under something that protects you from gunfire, bombs, or the weather.
'Get under cover!' shouted Billy, and we darted once more for the tables.
If you do something under cover of a particular situation, you are able to do it without being noticed because of that situation.
They move under cover of darkness.
If you cover your back or cover your rear, you do something in order to protect yourself, for example against criticism or against accusations of doing something wrong.
The canny Premier covered his back by pointing out that he was of Scottish stock.
同 cover your back
Cover your ass means the same as cover your back .
Just play it safe, cover your ass, keep your head down.
1. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something;"they crouched behind the screen""under cover of darkness"
2. bedding that keeps a person warm in bed;"he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
3. the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it;"the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
4. the front and back covering of a book;"the book had a leather binding"
5. a natural object that covers or envelops;"under a covering of dust""the fox was flushed from its cover"
6. covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container);"he removed the top of the carton""he couldn't get the top off of the bottle""put the cover back on the kettle"
7. fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations;"artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
8. a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink
9. a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else;"they made a cover of a Beatles' song"
10. a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent);"her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"
1. provide with a covering or cause to be covered;"cover her face with a handkerchief""cover the child with a blanket""cover the grave with flowers"
2. form a cover over;"The grass covered the grave"
3. span an interval of distance, space or time;"The war extended over five years""The period covered the turn of the century""My land extends over the hills on the horizon""This farm covers some 200 acres"
4. provide for;"The grant doesn't cover my salary"
5. deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression;"This book deals with incest""The course covered all of Western Civilization""The new book treats the history of China"
6. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory;"This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds""this should cover everyone in the group"
7. travel across or pass over;"The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
8. be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism;"Snow reported on China in the 1950's""The cub reporter covered New York City"
9. hold within range of an aimed firearm
10. to take an action to protect against future problems;"Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
11. hide from view or knowledge;"The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
12. protect or defend (a position in a game);"he covered left field"
13. maintain a check on; especially by patrolling;"The second officer covered the top floor"
14. protect by insurance;"The insurance won't cover this"
15. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities;"he is compensating for being a bad father"
16. invest with a large or excessive amount of something;"She covered herself with glory"
17. help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities;"She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"
18. be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of;"Is this enough to cover the check?"
19. spread over a surface to conceal or protect;"This paint covers well"
20. cover as if with a shroud;"The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery"
21. copulate with a female, used especially of horses;"The horse covers the mare"
22. put something on top of something else;"cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
23. play a higher card than the one previously played;"Smith covered again"
24. be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
25. sit on (eggs);"Birds brood""The female covers the eggs"
26. clothe, as if for protection from the elements;"cover your head!"