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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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