• (America) IPA: /ˈkʌvɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkʌvə/


  1. A lid.
  2. (uncountable) Area or situation which screens a person or thing from view.
    The soldiers took cover behind a ruined building.
  3. The front and back of a book, magazine, CD package, etc.
  4. The top sheet of a bed.
  5. A cloth, usually fitted, placed over an item such as a car or sofa to protect it from dust, rain, etc. when not in use.
  6. A cover charge.
    There's a $15 cover tonight.
  7. A setting at a restaurant table or formal dinner#Noun|dinner.
    We need to set another cover for the Smith party.
  8. (music) A new performance or rerecording of a previously recorded song; a cover version; a cover song.
  9. (cricket) A fielding position on the off side, between point and mid off, about 30° forward of square; a fielder in this position.
  10. (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.
  11. (philately) An envelope complete with stamps and postmarks etc.
  12. (military) A solid object, including terrain, that provides protection from enemy fire.
  13. (legal) 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.
  14. (insurance) An insurance contract; coverage by an insurance contract.
  15. (espionage) A persona maintained by a spy or undercover operative; cover story.
  16. (dated) A swindler's confederate.
  17. The portion of a slate, tile, or shingle that is hidden by the overlap of the course above.
  18. In a steam engine, the lap of a slide valve.
  19. (construction) The distance between reinforcing steel and the exterior of concrete.
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  • Italian: coperto, copertura finanziaria, finanziamento
  • Portuguese: taxa inclusa
  • Russian: входная плата
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  • Italian: busta primo giorno di emissione
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cover (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the front cover of a book or magazine.
  2. (music) Of, pertaining to, or consisting of cover versions.
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cover (covers, present participle covering; past and past participle covered)

  1. (transitive) 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.
  2. (transitive) To be over or upon, as to conceal or protect.
    The blanket covered the baby.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0016 ↗:
      A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
  3. (transitive) To be upon all of, so as to completely conceal.
    Regular hexagons can cover the plane.
  4. (transitive) To set upon all of, so as to completely conceal.
    You can cover the plane with regular hexagons.
  5. (intransitive, dated) To put on one's hat.
  6. (transitive) To invest (oneself with something); to bring upon (oneself).
    The heroic soldier covered himself with glory.
    • the powers that covered themselves with everlasting infamy by the partition of Poland
  7. (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.
  8. To deal with or include someone or something.
    • 2010 (publication date), "Contributors", Discover, ISSN 0274-7529, volume 32, number 1, January–February 2011, page 7:
      Richard Morgan covers science for The Economist, The New York Times, Scientific American, and Wired.
  9. To be enough money for.
    We've earned enough to cover most of our costs.
    Ten dollars should cover lunch.
  10. (intransitive) To act as a replacement.
    I need to take off Tuesday. Can you cover for me?
  11. (transitive) 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.
  12. (music) To make a cover version of (a song that was originally recorded by another artist).
  13. (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.
  14. To provide insurance coverage for.
    Does my policy cover accidental loss?
  15. 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.
    Synonyms: impregnate
  16. (chess, transitive) 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.
  17. To extend over a given period of time or range, to occupy, to stretch over a given area.
  18. (sports) To defend a particular player or area.
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