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English noun: cover

1. cover (artifact) a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something


SamplesA screen of trees afforded privacy.
Under cover of darkness.
The brush provided a covert for game.
The simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background.


Synonymsconcealment, covert, screen


Broader (hypernym)covering


Narrower (hyponym)blind, camouflage, shoji, stalking-horse

2. cover (artifact) bedding that keeps a person warm in bed


SamplesHe pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep.


Synonymsblanket


Broader (hypernym)bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding


Narrower (hyponym)afghan, electric blanket, mackinaw, Mackinaw blanket, manta, security blanket

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


SamplesThe cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft.


Synonymscovering, masking, screening


Broader (hypernym)concealing, concealment, hiding

4. cover (artifact) the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book


SamplesThe book had a leather binding.


Synonymsback, binding, book binding


Broader (hypernym)protection, protective cover, protective covering


Narrower (hyponym)half binding, three-quarter binding


Part meronymbook, volume

5. cover (object) a natural object that covers or envelops


SamplesUnder a covering of dust.
The fox was flushed from its cover.


Synonymscovering, natural covering


Broader (hypernym)natural object


Narrower (hyponym)bark, blanket, body covering, cap, case, chlamys, crust, eggshell, encrustation, envelope, floral envelope, hood, incrustation, indument, indumentum, indusium, integument, mantle, perianth, pericarp, peridium, perigone, perigonium, roof, sac, scale, seed vessel, sheath, shell, shell, shell, skim, slough, snowcap, test, theca, vesture

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


SamplesHe removed the top of the carton.
He couldn't get the top off of the bottle.
Put the cover back on the kettle.


Synonymstop


Broader (hypernym)covering


Narrower (hyponym)cap, lid, manhole cover, screwtop

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


SamplesArtillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal.


Synonymscovering fire


Broader (hypernym)fire, firing

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


Synonymscover charge


Broader (hypernym)fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs

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


SamplesThey made a cover of a Beatles' song.


Synonymscover song, cover version


Broader (hypernym)recording

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


SamplesHer new name and passport are cover for her next assignment.


Broader (hypernym)concealing, concealment, hiding


English verb: cover

1. cover (contact) provide with a covering or cause to be covered


SamplesCover her face with a handkerchief.
Cover the child with a blanket.
Cover the grave with flowers.


ExamplesThey cover the halls with holly


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)aluminise, aluminize, apply, bank, bark, bedaub, beplaster, besmear, bind, blacklead, blanket, blindfold, blinker, block out, board up, bread, brush, butter, canopy, canvas, carpet, carpet, clapboard, cloak, coat, coif, concrete, cowl, crape, crepe, crown, daub, drape, dust, enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, face, feather, felt, flake, flash, foil, frost, frost, frost, grass, gravel, grease, hold, hood, ice, jacket, lag, laminate, lime, line, mask, mask, mask, mound over, mulch, oil, paint, pall, paper, paper, parcel, paste, plank, plank over, plaster, plaster, plaster, plaster over, put on, recover, roof, sheathe, sheet, smear, smother, sod, spray, spread, spritz, steel, stick on, straw, surface, surround, tile, turf, veneer, wallpaper, wash, wax, white out, whiteout, wrap, wrap, wrap up


Verb groupcover, cover, overlay, spread over


Antonymsuncover, expose

2. cover (contact) form a cover over


SamplesThe grass covered the grave.


ExamplesHolly flowers cover the halls


Synonymsspread over


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)adjoin, contact, meet, touch


Narrower (hyponym)blanket, bloody, cake, carpet, cloak, clothe, coat, drape, drown, flood, glaciate, grass, grass over, mantle, mist, mist over, overwhelm, robe, shroud, smother, strew, submerge


Verb groupcover

3. cover (stative) span an interval of distance, space or time


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymscontinue, extend


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)constellate, cross, dot, overlap, overspread, ridge, span, spread, stud, sweep, sweep, traverse


Verb groupcover

4. cover (stative) provide for


SamplesThe grant doesn't cover my salary.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy

5. cover (communication) act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression


SamplesThis book deals with incest.
The course covered all of Western Civilization.
The new book treats the history of China.


Synonymsaddress, deal, handle, plow, treat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)broach, initiate


Narrower (hyponym)discourse, discuss, talk about, theologise, theologize


Verb groupcomprehend, cover, do by, embrace, encompass, handle, treat

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


SamplesThis group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds.
This should cover everyone in the group.


Synonymscomprehend, embrace, encompass


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)include


Verb groupaddress, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat

7. cover (motion) travel across or pass over


SamplesThe caravan covered almost 100 miles each day.


Synonymscross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, track, traverse


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go across, go through, pass


Narrower (hyponym)bridge, course, crisscross, drive, ford, hop, jaywalk, stride, take, tramp, walk

8. cover (communication) be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism


SamplesSnow reported on China in the 1950's.
The cub reporter covered New York City.


ExamplesThey won't cover the story


Synonymsreport


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)inform


Verb groupcover

9. cover (competition) hold within range of an aimed firearm


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)protect


Verb groupcontinue, cover, extend

10. cover (social) to take an action to protect against future problems


SamplesCount the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)protect


Verb groupcover, insure, underwrite

11. cover (perception) hide from view or knowledge


SamplesThe President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House.


Synonymscover up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)conceal, hide


Narrower (hyponym)gloss over, hush up, sleek over, whitewash

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


SamplesHe covered left field.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)protect


Narrower (hyponym)double-team


Verb groupcover

13. cover (communication) maintain a check on; especially by patrolling


SamplesThe second officer covered the top floor.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it


Verb groupcover, report

14. cover (communication) protect by insurance


SamplesThe insurance won't cover this.


Synonymsinsure, underwrite


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)guarantee, warrant


Narrower (hyponym)indemnify, reinsure


Verb groupcompensate, cover, cover, overcompensate

15. cover (stative) make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities


SamplesHe is compensating for being a bad father.


Synonymscompensate, overcompensate


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)compensate, correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up


Verb groupcover, insure, underwrite

16. cover (social) invest with a large or excessive amount of something


SamplesShe covered herself with glory.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)empower, endow, endue, gift, indue, invest

17. cover (social) help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities


SamplesShe is covering for our secretary who is ill this week.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)deputise, deputize, step in, substitute

18. cover (possession) be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of


SamplesIs this enough to cover the check?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)be

19. cover (perception) spread over a surface to conceal or protect


SamplesThis paint covers well.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)conceal, hide

20. cover (contact) cover as if with a shroud


SamplesThe origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery.


Synonymsenshroud, hide, shroud


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap

21. cover (contact) copulate with a female, used especially of horses


SamplesThe horse covers the mare.


Synonymsbreed


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)copulate, couple, mate, pair


Verb groupbrood, cover, hatch, incubate


Domain categoryanimal husbandry

22. cover (contact) put something on top of something else


SamplesCover the meat with a lot of gravy.


Synonymsoverlay


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)splash


Verb groupcover

23. cover (competition) play a higher card than the one previously played


SamplesSmith covered again.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)play


Domain categorycard game, cards

24. cover (competition) be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)protect


Verb groupcover

25. cover (body) sit on (eggs)


SamplesBirds brood.
The female covers the eggs.


Synonymsbrood, hatch, incubate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)multiply, procreate, reproduce


Entailsit, sit down


Verb groupbreed, cover, hatch

26. cover (body) clothe, as if for protection from the elements


SamplesCover your head!.


Synonymswrap up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog









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