Meaning of COVER in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kʌvə(r) ]

( covers, covering, covered)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


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...

Keep what’s left in a covered container in the fridge.

VERB : V n with n , V n , V-ed


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.

VERB : V n , be V-ed with n


If one thing covers another, it forms a layer over its surface.

The clouds had spread and nearly covered the entire sky...

The desk was covered with papers...

VERB : V n , be V-ed with/in n


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...

VERB : V n with/in n


If you cover a particular distance, you travel that distance.

It would not be easy to cover ten miles on that amount of petrol...

VERB : V n


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.

VERB : V n


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.

= protection



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.

= shelter



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...

You should take out travel insurance covering you and your family against theft.

VERB : V n , V n against n


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.

= protection



If a law covers a particular set of people, things, or situations, it applies to them.

The law covers four categories of experiments...

VERB : V n


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...

= deal with

VERB : V n


If journalists, newspapers, or television companies cover an event, they report on it.

Robinson was sent to Italy to cover the 1990 World Cup...

VERB : V n


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...

VERB : V n


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.

N-COUNT : oft n N


The covers on your bed are the things such as sheets and blankets that you have on top of you.

= bedclothes

N-PLURAL : usu the N


The cover of a book or a magazine is the outside part of it.

...a small spiral-bound booklet with a green cover...

I used to read every issue from cover to 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.

= front

N-COUNT : usu sing


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?

VERB : V for n


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.

VERB : V for n


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.

VERB : V n


A cover is the same as a cover version .

The single is a cover of an old Rolling Stones song.

N-COUNT : usu N of n


see also covered , covering


To blow someone’s cover means to cause their true identity or the true nature of their work to be revealed. ( INFORMAL )

The young man looked embarrassed, as if he were a spy whose cover had been blown.

PHRASE : V inflects


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.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you take cover , you shelter from gunfire, bombs, or the weather.

Shoppers took cover behind cars as police marksmen returned fire.

= shelter

PHRASE : V inflects , oft PHR prep


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.

PHRASE : PHR after v , v-link PHR


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.

PHRASE : V inflects

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.