- cov|er1 W1S1 [ˈkʌvə US -ər] v [T]▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(hide/protect)¦2¦(layer)¦3¦(include)¦4¦(distance)¦5¦(area)¦6¦(news)¦7¦(money)¦8¦(insurance)¦9¦(guns)¦10¦(sport)¦11¦(music)¦12 cover (all) the bases13 cover yourself (against something)14 cover your tracksPhrasal verbscover for somebodycover something<=>overcover up▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: covrir, from Latin cooperire, from co- ( CO-) + operire 'to close, cover']1.) ¦(HIDE/PROTECT)¦ also cover upto put something over or be over something in order to hide, close, or protect it▪ Cover the pot and bake for an hour.▪ She wore a low-cut dress, partly covered by a thin shawl.cover sth with sth▪ Dan covered his face with his hands.2.) ¦(LAYER)¦if something covers a surface, it forms a layer over it▪ Grey mould covered the walls.▪ Much of the country is covered by snow.cover sth with/in sth▪ The bulletin board was covered with messages.▪ The eruption of the volcano covered states as far away as Montana in a fine layer of ash.3.) ¦(INCLUDE)¦to include or deal with a particular subject or group of things▪ The course covers all aspects of business and law.▪ Are there any areas you feel are not covered adequately in the book?▪ 'Exercise' is a word which covers a vast range of activities.▪ We need more time to cover so much ground (=include so many things) .▪ pollutants that are not covered by the Kyoto agreement4.) ¦(DISTANCE)¦to travel a particular distance▪ They were hoping to cover 40 miles yesterday.▪ A leopard can cover a lot of ground very quickly.5.) ¦(AREA)¦to spread over an area▪ The city covers 25 square miles.6.) ¦(NEWS)¦to report the details of an event for a newspaper or a television or radio programme▪ I'd just returned from covering the Cambodian war.7.) ¦(MONEY)¦if a sum of money covers the cost of something, it is enough to pay for it▪ The award should be enough to cover her tuition fees.▪ Airlines are raising fares to cover the rising costs of fuel.8.) ¦(INSURANCE)¦if your insurance covers you or your possessions, it promises to pay you money if you have an accident, something is stolen etc▪ Most policies cover accidental damage to pipes.▪ The treatment wasn't covered by her healthcare insurance.cover sb against/for sth▪ Are we covered for theft?cover sb to do sth▪ He thought he was covered to drive the vehicle.9.) ¦(GUNS)¦a) to protect someone by being ready to shoot anyone who attacks them▪ I'll make for the door - cover me, will you?b) to aim a gun at a person or a place where people might be, in order to prevent them from moving or escaping▪ He stepped into the doorway and swung the gun up to cover the corridor.10.) ¦(SPORT)¦to stay close to a member of the opposing team or a part of the field in order to prevent your opponents from gaining points11.) ¦(MUSIC)¦to perform or record a song that was originally recorded by another artist▪ They've covered several hits from the 1980s.12.) cover (all) the basesto make sure you can deal with any situation or problem so that nothing bad happens▪ Parents are already stressed trying to cover the bases at home and at work.13.) cover yourself (against sth) also cover your backcover your butt/ass AmEto do things in a way that will prevent people from blaming or criticizing you▪ Doctors are concerned to cover themselves against charges of negligence.▪ He copied Stella in on the email just to cover his back.14.) cover your tracksto try to hide something you have done so that other people do not find out▪ He started to destroy documents to cover his tracks.cover for [cover for sb] phr v1.) to do the work that someone else usually does, because they are not there▪ Who's covering for you while you're away?2.) to prevent someone from getting into trouble by lying for them, especially about where they are or what they are doingcover over [cover sth<=>over] phr vto put something on top of something else so that it is completely hidden▪ The female lays a single egg and covers it over.cover up phr v1.) cover sth<=>upto put something over something else so that it cannot be seen▪ Her legs were so swollen she had to cover them up.2.) cover sth<=>upto prevent people from discovering mistakes or unpleasant facts▪ The whole thing was covered up and never reached the papers.▪ Mum is worried, but she covers it up by joking.→↑cover-up3.) cover up for sbto protect someone by hiding unpleasant facts about them▪ They covered up for Kirk by refusing to answer any questions.4.) to put clothes, ↑blankets etc over yourself in order to protect or hide your body, or to keep yourself warm▪ Cover up, or stay out of the sun.cover yourself up▪ Hastily, she covered herself up with the towel.cover 2cover2 W2S1 n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(protection)¦2¦(books)¦3¦(bed)¦4¦(shelter)¦5¦(insurance)¦6¦(war)¦7¦(plants)¦8¦(weather)¦9¦(work)¦10¦(music)¦11¦(secret)¦12 under cover13 under (the) cover of darkness/night14 under plain cover/under separate cover▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1.) ¦(PROTECTION)¦something that is put on top of something else to protect it→↑lid▪ a blue duvet cover▪ a plastic cover▪ A dust cover (=to keep dirt etc off) hung over the painting.2.) ¦(BOOKS)¦the outer front or back part of a magazine, book etc▪ His photo's on the cover of Newsweek again.front/back cover▪ an advertisement on the back cover▪ I read the magazine from cover to cover (=all of it) .cover photo/shot/picture(=picture on the front cover)▪ The cover shot was of three guys in army kit.3.) ¦(BED)¦the covers [plural]the sheets etc that you put over yourself when you are in bed▪ The covers had slipped off in the night.4.) ¦(SHELTER)¦[U]shelter or protection from bad weather or attackrun/dive for cover▪ He was shot in the head as he ran for cover.▪ We were forced to take cover in a barn.▪ Three soldiers broke cover (=left the place where they were hiding) .5.) ¦(INSURANCE)¦[U]BrE the protection an insurance gives you, so that it pays you money if you are injured, something is stolen etcAmerican Equivalent: coverage▪ temporary medical covercover against/for▪ cover against fire and theft6.) ¦(WAR)¦[U]military protection and support given to aircraft, ships etc that are likely to be attacked▪ fighters used as cover for ground troops7.) ¦(PLANTS)¦[U]trees and plants that grow in large numbers on a piece of land▪ Once the forest cover is felled, rains wash away the soil.▪ With its spreading stems, ivy makes good ground cover .8.) ¦(WEATHER)¦[U]clouds, snow etc that partly hide the sky or the groundcloud/snow/fog etc cover▪ Cloud cover in the morning should clear later.9.) ¦(WORK)¦[U]an arrangement in which people do a job or provide a service, especially because the people who normally do it are not there→↑backup▪ It's your responsibility to arrange adequate cover for holiday periods.▪ night-time ambulance cover10.) ¦(MUSIC)¦ also cover versiona new recording of a song, piece of music etc that was originally recorded by a different artist▪ She's opted to do a cover version for her first single.11.) ¦(SECRET)¦ [C usually singular]behaviour or activities that seem normal or honest but are being used to hide something bad or illegalcover for▪ The gang used the shop as a cover for drug deals.▪ All that toughness is just a cover for his inability to show affection.12.) under covera) pretending to be someone else in order to do something secretly▪ She was working under cover to get information on drug gangs.b) under a roof or other structure▪ The aircraft is displayed under cover in the USAF Gallery.13.) under (the) cover of darkness/nightliterary hidden by the darkness of night▪ They escaped under cover of darkness.14.) under plain cover/under separate coverif a letter etc is sent under plain cover or under separate cover, it is sent in a plain envelope or a separate envelope▪ The bill will be sent to you later under separate cover.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.