- The definition of a cover is something that goes over, rests on the surface or provides a place to hide.
- An example of cover is the lid of a Tupperware container.
- An example of cover is a quilt.
- An example of cover is dense bushes in which a robber can hide from the police.
- Cover is defined as to conceal or place something over.
An example of cover is for a person to pull blankets over himself at night.
A woman covers herself with a blanket.
cover definition by Webster's New World
- to place something on, over, or in front of, so as to conceal, protect, or close
- to extend over; overlay; blanket: snow covered the highway
- to copulate with (the female): said chiefly of a stallion
- to clothe
- to coat, sprinkle, etc. thickly: covered with mud
- to sit on (eggs); brood; incubate
- to conceal by hiding or screening
- to keep from harm or injury by shielding; protect by screening
- to include and provide for; take into account: the law covers such cases
- to protect against financial loss or liability, as by insurance or reserve funds
- to make up for (a loss, injury, etc.) by insurance, reserve funds, etc.
- to be sufficient for payment of (expenses, a debt, etc.)
- to accept (a bet); stake the equivalent of (an opponent's stake) in a wager
- to travel over; go the length of: to cover a distance
- to work in or be responsible for (a particular area or range of activity): to cover a territory as a salesman
- to deal with; treat of: to cover a subject
- to bring upon (oneself) by one's actions: to cover oneself with glory
- to point a firearm or similar weapon at; put or keep within the range and in the aim of a gun or the like
- ☆ Slang to record or perform a cover () of
- Card Games to put a higher card on (a previously played card)
- ☆ Finance to buy stock to replace (shares borrowed from a broker to effect a short sale)
- ☆ Journalism to have the assignment of gathering and reporting the details of (a news story)
- Mil. to keep (a person or group) within sight or contact so as to protect from enemy action
- to watch, guard, defend, or defend against
- Baseball to be ready to receive a throw to (a particular base)
- Football to attempt to prevent (a pass receiver) from catching the ball or prevent (a punted ball) from being returned
Origin: Middle English coveren ; from Old French covrir ; from Classical Latin cooperire ; from co-, intensive plush operire, to hide ; from Indo-European an unverified form op-wer-, to cover ; from an unverified form op(i)-, back, against plush an unverified form wer, to cover, protect from source warn
- to spread over a surface, as a liquid does
- to put on a cap, hat, etc.
- ☆ to provide an alibi, excuse, or subterfuge (for another)
- anything that covers, as a bookbinding, the front binding of a magazine, a jar lid, a box top, etc.
- a shelter for protection, as from gunfire
- a hiding place for game, as a thicket, underbrush, etc.
Origin: modeled on Fr couverta tablecloth and setting for a meal, esp. for one person
- ☆ cover charge
- something used for hiding one's real actions, intentions, etc.
- an envelope or wrapper for mail
- an envelope or postal card with a stamp, postmark, and cachet of historical or philatelic significance
- Slang a version of a song, esp. one that has become popular in a particular recording, as performed or recorded in imitation of the original or with a fresh interpretation
- coverer noun
cover definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb cov·ered, cov·er·ing, cov·ers verb, transitive
- To place something upon or over, so as to protect or conceal.
- To overlay or spread with something: cover potatoes with gravy.
- a. To put a cover or covering on.b. To wrap up; clothe.
- To invest (oneself) with a great deal of something: covered themselves with glory.
- a. To spread over the surface of: Dust covered the table. Snow covered the ground.b. To extend over: a farm covering more than 100 acres.
- a. To copulate with (a female). Used especially of horses.b. To sit on in order to hatch.
- To hide or screen from view or knowledge; conceal: covered up his misdemeanors.
- a. To protect or shield from harm, loss, or danger.b. To protect by insurance: took out a new policy that will cover all our camera equipment.c. To compensate or make up for.
- To be sufficient to defray, meet, or offset the cost or charge of: had enough funds to cover her check.
- To make provision for; take into account: The law does not cover all crimes.
- To deal with; treat of: The book covers the feminist movement.
- To travel or pass over; traverse: They covered 60 miles in two days.
- a. To have as one's territory or sphere of work.b. To be responsible for reporting the details of (an event or situation): Two reporters covered the news story.
- To hold within the range and aim of a weapon, such as a firearm.
- To protect, as from enemy attack, by occupying a strategic position.
- Sports a. To guard (an opponent playing offense).b. To defend (a position or area): cover third base; cover the backcourt.
- To match (an opponent's stake) in a wager.
- To purchase (stock that one has shorted).
- Games To play a higher-ranking card than (the one previously played).
- Music To record a cover version of (a song).
- 21. Obsolete To pardon or remit.
- To spread over a surface to protect or conceal something: a paint that covers well.
- To act as a substitute or replacement during someone's absence: Her assistant covered for her.
- To hide something in order to save someone from censure or punishment: cover up for a colleague.
- Games To play a higher card than the one previously played.
- Something that covers or is laid, placed, or spread over or upon something else, as:a. A lid or top.b. A binding or enclosure for a book or magazine.c. A bedcover.d. A protective overlay, as for a mattress or furniture.
- a. Something that provides shelter.b. Strategic protection given by armed units during hostile action: The battleship approached the combat zone under a cover of fighter planes.
- a. Something, such as vegetation, covering the surface of the ground.b. Vegetation, such as underbrush, serving as protective concealment for wild animals.
- A layer of clouds obscuring the sky or ground.
- a. Something, such as darkness, that screens, conceals, or disguises. See Synonyms at shelter.b. A false background and identity, especially for a spy.
- A table setting for one person: Covers were laid for ten.
- A cover charge.
- An envelope or wrapper for mail.
- Funds sufficient to meet an obligation or secure against loss.
- One who substitutes for another.
- Music A cover version.
Origin: Middle English coveren, from Old French covrir, from Latin cooperīre, to cover completely : co-, intensive pref.; see co- + operīre, to cover; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
- covˈer·a·ble adjective
- covˈer·er noun
- covˈer·less adjective
cover - Business Definition
- To meet fixed expenses. For example, a company reports earnings that, before interest and taxes, exceed, or cover, interest expense for the period.
- See short cover.
cover - Investment & Finance Definition
- In the futures market, to offset a short futures or options position by buying back contracts.
- In corporate finance, to be able to meet fixed annual interest charges on bonds or other obligations out of funds generated from earnings.
- In insurance, the requirement that the expenses of an insured person be reimbursed.
cover - Legal Definition
- In commercial law, to buy, or the purchase of, goods on the open market that are similar to those that a seller of such goods had promised, but failed, to deliver. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, the buyer is entitled from the seller the difference between the cost of the substituted goods and the original contract price if the buyer acted in good faith and without unreasonable delay when obtaining the substituted goods.
- In insurance law, to currently protect a particular person against loss or to currently protect someone or something against a particular risk.
cover - Phrases/Idioms
- to cover entirely; envelop; wrap
- to keep blunders, crimes, etc. from being known
cover (one's) ass
cover (one's) tracks
cover (the) ground
- To traverse a given distance with satisfying speed.
- To deal with or accomplish something in a certain manner: The history course covered a lot of ground in six weeks.
- In an enclosure for mailing.
- Being hidden or protected, as by darkness.