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(1)   Fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations
"Artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
(2)   The act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it
"The cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft"
(3)   A false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent)
"Her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment"
(4)   The protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
"The book had a leather binding"
(5)   Bedding that keeps a person warm in bed
"He pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
(6)   A recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else
"They made a cover of a Beatles' song"
(7)   A covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
"They crouched behind the screen"
"Under cover of darkness"
(8)   Covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)
"He removed the top of the carton"
"He couldn't get the top off of the bottle"
"Put the cover back on the kettle"
(9)   A natural object that covers or envelops
"Under a covering of dust"
"The fox was flushed from its cover"
(10)   A fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink


(11)   Sit on (eggs)
"Birds brood"
"The female covers the eggs"
(12)   Protect by insurance
"The insurance won't cover this"
(13)   Be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism
"Snow reported on China in the 1950's"
"The cub reporter covered New York City"
(14)   Deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression
"This book deals with incest"
"The course covered all of Western Civilization"
"The new book treats the history of China"
(15)   Hold within range of an aimed firearm
(16)   Protect or defend (a position in a game)
"He covered left field"
(17)   Play a higher card than the one previously played
"Smith covered again"
(18)   Form a cover over
"The grass covered the grave"
(19)   Provide with a covering or cause to be covered
"Cover her face with a handkerchief"
"Cover the child with a blanket"
"Cover the grave with flowers"
(20)   Copulate with a female, used especially of horses
"The horse covers the mare"
(21)   Travel across or pass over
"The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
(22)   Be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of
"Is this enough to cover the check?"
(23)   To take an action to protect against future problems
"Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
(24)   Invest with a large or excessive amount of something
"She covered herself with glory"
(25)   Include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
"This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"
"This should cover everyone in the group"
(26)   Provide for
"The grant doesn't cover my salary"
(27)   Span an interval of distance, space or time
"The war extended over five years"
"The period covered the turn of the century"
"My land extends over the hills on the horizon"
"This farm covers some 200 acres"
"The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"


coveren from covrir, cueuvrir (Modern couvrir) from coperire from cooperire "to cover completely" from co-, intensive prefix, + operire "to close, cover". Displaced native thecchen and bethecchen "to cover" (from þeccan, beþeccan "to cover"), helen, (over)helen, (for)helen "to cover, conceal" (from helan "to conceal, cover, hide"), wrien, (be)wreon "to cover" (from (be)wrēon "to cover"), hodren, hothren "to cover up" (from hudren "to cover up").

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.


  1. A lid.
  2. The hiding from view.
  3. The front and back of a book or magazine.
  4. The top sheet of a bed.
  5. A cover charge.
    There's a $15 cover tonight.
  6. A setting at a restaurant table.
    We need to set another cover for the Smith party.
  7. A rerecording of a previously recorded song; a cover version; a cover song.
  8. A fielding position on the off side, between point and mid off, about 30° forward of square; a fielder in this position.
  9. 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.
  10. An envelope complete with stamps and postmarks etc.
  11. A solid object, including terrain, that provides protection from enemy fire.
  12. 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.
  13. An insurance contract; coverage by an insurance contract.


  1. Of or pertaining to the front cover of a book or magazine.
  2. Of, pertaining to, or consisting of cover versions.


  1. To place something over or upon to conceal or protect.
  2. To feature, discuss, or mention.
  3. To provide enough money for.
    We've earned enough money to cover most of our costs.
  4. To make a cover version of (a song that was originally recorded by another artist).
  5. 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 and the threat of firing.
  6. To provide insurance coverage for.
  7. 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.