(noun, adjective, verb)


1. Of or pertaining to the front cover of a book or magazine.

2. (music) Of, pertaining to, or consisting of cover versions.


1. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

- under cover of darkness

- the brush provided a covert for game

Similar word(s): concealment, covert, screen

Definition categories: man–made, covering

2. bedding that keeps a person warm in bed

- he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep

Similar word(s): blanket

Definition categories: man–made, bedclothes, bedding

3. the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it

- the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft

Similar word(s): covering, masking, screening

Definition categories: act, concealing, concealment, hiding

4. the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book

Similar word(s): back, binding

Definition categories: man–made, protection

5. a natural object that covers or envelops

- under a covering of dust

- the fox was flushed from its cover

Similar word(s): covering

Definition categories: object

6. covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)

- put the cover back on the kettle

Similar word(s): top

Definition categories: man–made, covering

7. fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations

- artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal

Definition categories: act, fire, firing

8. a fixed charge by a restaurant or nightclub over and above the charge for food and drink

Definition categories: possession

9. a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else

- they made a cover of a Beatles' song

Definition categories: man–made, recording

10. a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent)

- her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment

Definition categories: act, concealing, concealment, hiding

Sentences with cover as a noun:

- There's a $15 cover tonight.

- We need to set another cover for the Smith party.

- The open intervals are a cover for the real numbers.


1. 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

Definition categories: contact

2. form a cover over

- The grass covered the grave

Definition categories: contact, adjoin, meet, touch

3. span an interval of distance, space or time

- The period covered the turn of the century

- This farm covers some 200 acres

Similar word(s): continue, extend

Definition categories: stative, be

4. provide for

- The grant doesn't cover my salary

Definition categories: stative, fulfil, fulfill, satisfy

5. act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

- The course covered all of Western Civilization

Similar word(s): address, deal, handle, plow, treat

Definition categories: communication, broach, initiate

6. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

- this should cover everyone in the group

Similar word(s): comprehend, embrace, encompass

Definition categories: stative, include

7. travel across or pass over

- The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day

Similar word(s): cross, track, traverse

Definition categories: motion, pass

8. be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism

- The cub reporter covered New York City

Similar word(s): report

Definition categories: communication, inform

9. hold within range of an aimed firearm

Definition categories: competition, protect

10. to take an action to protect against future problems

- Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself

Definition categories: social, protect

11. hide from view or knowledge

- The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House

Definition categories: perception, conceal, hide

12. protect or defend (a position in a game)

- he covered left field

Definition categories: competition, protect

13. maintain a check on; especially by patrolling

- The second officer covered the top floor

Definition categories: communication, ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see

14. protect by insurance

- The insurance won't cover this

Similar word(s): insure, underwrite

Definition categories: communication, guarantee, warrant

15. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities

Similar word(s): compensate, overcompensate

Definition categories: stative, compensate, correct, counterbalance

16. invest with a large or excessive amount of something

- She covered herself with glory

Definition categories: social, empower, endow, endue, gift, indue, invest

17. help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities

- She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week

Definition categories: social, deputise, deputize, substitute

18. be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of

- Is this enough to cover the check?

Definition categories: possession, be

19. spread over a surface to conceal or protect

- This paint covers well

Definition categories: perception, conceal, hide

20. cover as if with a shroud

Similar word(s): enshroud, hide, shroud

Definition categories: contact, enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap

21. copulate with a female, used especially of horses

- The horse covers the mare

Similar word(s): breed

Definition categories: contact, copulate, couple, mate, pair

22. put something on top of something else

- cover the meat with a lot of gravy

Similar word(s): overlay

Definition categories: contact

23. play a higher card than the one previously played

- Smith covered again

Definition categories: competition, play

24. be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game

Definition categories: competition, protect

25. sit on (eggs)

- The female covers the eggs

Similar word(s): brood, hatch, incubate

Definition categories: body, multiply, procreate, reproduce

26. clothe, as if for protection from the elements

- cover your head!

Definition categories: body, apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog

Sentences with cover as a verb:

- He covered the baby with a blanket.

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

- The blanket covered the baby.

- Regular hexagons can cover the plane.

- You can cover the plane with regular hexagons.

- The heroic soldier covered himself with glory.

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

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

- Ten dollars should cover lunch.

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

- 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.

- Does my policy cover accidental loss?

- The stallion has not covered the mare yet.

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