Who is your cover for tonight's shift?
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.
Covers were laid for ten.
An example of cover is for a person to pull blankets over himself at night.
A paint that covers well.
Her assistant covered for her.
Cover up for a colleague.
- A lid or top.
- A binding or outer part for a book or magazine.
- A bedcover.
- A protective overlay, as for a mattress or furniture.
Snow covered the highway.
Covered with mud.
The law covers such cases.
To cover a distance.
To cover a territory as a salesman.
To cover a subject.
To cover oneself with glory.
There's a $15 cover tonight.
The open intervals are a cover for the real numbers.
The blanket covered the baby.
Regular hexagons can cover the plane.
You can cover the plane with regular hexagons.
The heroic soldier covered himself with glory.
I need to take off Tuesday. Can you cover for me?
Can you cover the morning shift tomorrow? I'll give you off next Monday instead.
He is our salesman covering companies with headquarters in the northern provinces.
I would like to have my bitch covered next spring.
The stallion has not covered the mare yet.
- To take measures to avoid being held responsible if something goes wrong.
- To conceal traces so as to elude pursuers.
- 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.
- To treat, examine, or include a full range of things:A book that covers the waterfront on starting your own business.
- To seek concealment or protection, as from enemy fire.
- In an enclosure for mailing.
- Being hidden or protected, as by darkness.
- to come out of protective shelter
- to cover entirely; envelop; wrap
- to keep blunders, crimes, etc. from being known
- to seek protective shelter
- in secrecy or concealment
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of cover
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English coveren, from Old French covrir, cueuvrir (Modern French couvrir) from Late Latin coperire from Latin cooperio (“I cover completely”), from co-, intensive prefix, + operio (“I close, cover”). Displaced native Middle English thecchen and bethecchen (“to cover”) (from Old English þeccan, beþeccan (“to cover”)), Middle English helen, (over)helen, (f)helen (“to cover, conceal”) (from Old English helan (“to conceal, cover, hide”)), Middle English wrien, (be)wreon (“to cover”) (from Old English (be)wrēon (“to cover”)), Middle English hodren, hothren (“to cover up”) (from Low German hudren (“to cover up”)).