Cover meaning

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One who substitutes for another.

Who is your cover for tonight's shift?

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To keep from harm or injury by shielding; protect by screening.
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To purchase (stock that one has shorted).
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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.

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A table setting for one person.

Covers were laid for ten.

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A cover charge.
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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.

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To match (an opponent's stake) in a wager.
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(games) To play a higher-ranking card than (the one previously played).
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(music) To record a cover version of (a song).
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To copulate with (a female). Used especially of horses.
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To spread over a surface to protect or conceal something.

A paint that covers well.

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To act as a substitute or replacement during someone's absence.

Her assistant covered for her.

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To hide something in order to save someone from censure or punishment.

Cover up for a colleague.

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(games) To play a higher card than the one previously played.
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Something that covers or is laid, placed, or spread over or upon something else, as:
  • 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.
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A layer of clouds obscuring the sky or ground.
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An envelope or wrapper for mail.
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Funds sufficient to meet an obligation or secure against loss.
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(music) A cover version.
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To place something on, over, or in front of, so as to conceal, protect, or close.
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To extend over; overlay; blanket.

Snow covered the highway.

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To copulate with (the female)
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To clothe.
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To coat, sprinkle, etc. thickly.

Covered with mud.

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To sit on (eggs); brood; incubate.
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To conceal by hiding or screening.
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To include and provide for; take into account.

The law covers such cases.

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To accept (a bet); stake the equivalent of (an opponent's stake) in a wager.
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To travel over; go the length of.

To cover a distance.

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To work in or be responsible for (a particular area or range of activity)

To cover a territory as a salesman.

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To deal with; treat of.

To cover a subject.

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To bring upon (oneself) by one's actions.

To cover oneself with glory.

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To point a firearm or similar weapon at; put or keep within the range and in the aim of a gun or the like.
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To record or perform a cover of.
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(card games) To put a higher card on (a previously played card)
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(finance) To buy stock to replace (shares borrowed from a broker to effect a short sale)
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(journalism) To have the assignment of gathering and reporting the details of (a news story)
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(mil.) To keep (a person or group) within sight or contact so as to protect from enemy action.
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To spread over a surface, as a liquid does.
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To put on a cap, hat, etc.
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To provide an alibi, excuse, or subterfuge (for another)
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Anything that covers, as a bookbinding, the front part of the binding of a magazine, a jar lid, a box top, etc.
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A shelter for protection, as from gunfire.
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A hiding place for game, as a thicket, underbrush, etc.
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A tablecloth and setting for a meal, esp. for one person.
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Bedclothes used to cover a person in bed.
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Something used for hiding one's real actions, intentions, etc.
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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.
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In the futures market, to offset a short futures or options position by buying back contracts.
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In corporate finance, to be able to meet fixed annual interest charges on bonds or other obligations out of funds generated from earnings.
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In insurance, the requirement that the expenses of an insured person be reimbursed.
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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.
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In insurance law, to currently protect a particular person against loss or to currently protect someone or something against a particular risk.
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A lid.
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A hiding from view.
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A front and back of a book or magazine.
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A top sheet of a bed.
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A cover charge.

There's a $15 cover tonight.

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A setting at a restaurant table or formal dinner.

We need to set another cover for the Smith party.

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(music) A rerecording of a previously recorded song; a cover version; a cover song.
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(cricket) A fielding position on the off side, between point and mid off, about 30° forward of square; a fielder in this position.
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(topology) A set (more often known as a family) of sets, whose union contains the given set.

The open intervals are a cover for the real numbers.

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(philately) An envelope complete with stamps and postmarks etc.
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(military) A solid object, including terrain, that provides protection from enemy fire.
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(law) In commercial law, a buyer’s purchase on the open market of goods similar or identical to the goods contracted for after a seller has breached a contract of sale by failure to deliver the goods contracted for.
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(insurance) An insurance contract; coverage by an insurance contract.
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(espionage) A persona maintained by a spy or undercover operative, cover story.
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The portion of a slate, tile, or shingle that is hidden by the overlap of the course above.

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In a steam engine, the lap of a slide valve.
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Of or pertaining to the front cover of a book or magazine.
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(music) Of, pertaining to, or consisting of cover versions.
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To place something over or upon, as to conceal or protect.

He covered the baby with a blanket.

When the pot comes to a boil, cover it and reduce the heat to medium.

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To be over or upon, as to conceal or protect.

The blanket covered the baby.

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To be upon all of, so as to completely conceal.

Regular hexagons can cover the plane.

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To set upon all of, so as to completely conceal.

You can cover the plane with regular hexagons.

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To invest (oneself with something); to bring upon (oneself).

The heroic soldier covered himself with glory.

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(of a publication) To discuss thoroughly; to provide coverage of.

The magazine covers such diverse topics as politics, news from the world of science, and the economy.

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To deal with.
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To be enough money for.

We've earned enough to cover most of our costs.

Ten dollars should cover lunch.

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(intransitive) To act as a replacement.

I need to take off Tuesday. Can you cover for me?

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To have as an assignment or responsibility.

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.

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(music) To make a cover version of (a song that was originally recorded by another artist).
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(military, law enforcement) To protect using an aimed firearm and the threat of firing; or to protect using continuous, heaving fire at or in the direction of the enemy so as to force the enemy to remain in cover; or to threaten using an aimed firearm.
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To provide insurance coverage for.

Does my policy cover accidental loss?

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To copulate with (said of certain male animals such as dogs and horses).

I would like to have my bitch covered next spring.

The stallion has not covered the mare yet.

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(chess) To protect or control (a piece or square).

In order to checkmate a king on the side of the board, the five squares adjacent to the king must all be covered.

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cover (one's) ass
  • To take measures to avoid being held responsible if something goes wrong.
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cover (one's) tracks
  • To conceal traces so as to elude pursuers.
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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.
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cover the waterfront
  • To treat, examine, or include a full range of things:
    A book that covers the waterfront on starting your own business.
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take cover
  • To seek concealment or protection, as from enemy fire.
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under cover
  • In an enclosure for mailing.
  • Being hidden or protected, as by darkness.
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break cover
  • to come out of protective shelter
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cover up
  • to cover entirely; envelop; wrap
  • to keep blunders, crimes, etc. from being known
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take cover
  • to seek protective shelter
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under cover
  • in secrecy or concealment
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Origin of cover

  • Middle English coveren from Old French covrir from Latin cooperīre to cover completely co- intensive pref. co– operīre to cover wer-4 in Indo-European roots

    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”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the original sense of the verb and noun cover was hide from view as in its cognate covert. Except in the limited sense of cover again, the word recover is unrelated and is cognate with recuperate.

    From Wiktionary