cover

To cover something is to conceal it by putting something on top of it. In many religions, it's important for people to cover their heads in various instances.

You might cover your picnic table with a bright tablecloth for a party, or cover the mirrors in your house when you're mourning a family member. Gardeners cover their beds with mulch or compost, scattering a layer on top, and painters cover dingy old paint with a fresh new coat. If a politician covers something up, he attempts to hide some mistake or wrongdoing. When cover is a noun, it can mean "a lid" or "a secret identity."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: cover

1
vn
provide with a covering or cause to be covered
a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
2
vn
include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else
3
vn
provide for
fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: cover
1

v 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”
Synonyms
spread over
form a cover over
overlay
put something on top of something else
Antonyms:
expose, uncover
remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body
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frost
cover with frost
frost
provide with a rough or speckled surface or appearance
daub, smear
cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it
roof
provide a building with a roof; cover a building with a roof
mulch
cover with mulch
turf
cover (the ground) with a surface layer of grass or grass roots
bank
cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning
carpet
cover with a carpet
carpet
cover completely, as if with a carpet
board up
cover with wooden boards
bedaub, besmear
spread or daub (a surface)
bark
cover with bark
coat, surface
put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
butter
spread butter on
paper, wallpaper
cover with wallpaper
canvas
cover with canvas
paper
cover with paper
oil
cover with oil, as if by rubbing
wax
cover with wax
veneer
cover with veneer
grease
lubricate with grease
wash
apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
line
cover the interior of
face
cover the front or surface of
feather
cover or fit with feathers
wrap, wrap up
arrange or fold as a cover or protection
spritz
cover (a location) wholly or partially by squirting a liquid onto it
felt
cover with felt
paste
cover the surface of
cloak
cover with or as if with a cloak
coif
cover with a coif
hold
cover as for protection against noise or smell
jacket
provide with a thermally non-conducting cover
foil
cover or back with foil
white out, whiteout
cover up with a liquid correction fluid
flash
protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal
pall
cover with a pall
sod
cover with sod
bind
provide with a binding
plank, plank over
cover with planks
parcel
cover with strips of canvas
flake
cover with flakes or as if with flakes
recover
cover anew
hood
cover with a hood
cowl
cover with or as with a cowl
clapboard
cover with clapboards
canopy
cover with a canopy
bread
cover with bread crumbs
blinker
put blinders on (a horse)
blindfold
cover the eyes of (someone) to prevent him from seeing
aluminise, aluminize
cover with aluminum
crown
put an enamel cover on
sheet
cover with a sheet, as if by wrapping
tile
cover with tiles
lag
cover with lagging to prevent heat loss
mask
put a mask on or cover with a mask
block out, mask
shield from light
mask
cover with a sauce
blanket
cover as if with a blanket
plaster, plaster over, stick on
apply a heavy coat to
plaster
apply a plaster cast to
paint
apply a liquid to; e.g., paint the gutters with linseed oil
apply, put on
apply to a surface
laminate
cover with a thin sheet of non-fabric material
spray
cover by spraying with a liquid
brush
cover by brushing
frost, ice
decorate with frosting
smother, surround
envelop completely
enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap
enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
sheathe
cover with a protective sheathing
crape, crepe
cover or drape with crape
concrete
cover with cement
blacklead
cover with graphite
grass
cover with grass
gravel
cover with gravel
lime
cover with lime so as to induce growth
mound over
form mounds over
straw
cover or provide with or as if with straw
spread
cover by spreading something over
drape
cover or dress loosely with cloth
dust
cover with a light dusting of a substance
beplaster, plaster
cover conspicuously or thickly, as by pasting something on
steel
cover, plate, or edge with steel
rubber, rubberise, rubberize
coat or impregnate with rubber
anodise, anodize
coat a metal with an oxide coat
gelatinize
coat with gelatin
dab, swab, swob
apply (usually a liquid) to a surface
blood
smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill
thatch
cover with thatch
shingle
cover with shingles
skim
coat (a liquid) with a layer
stucco
coat with stucco
egg
coat with beaten egg
encrust, incrust
cover or coat with a crust
dredge
cover before cooking
soot
coat with soot
refinish
give a new surface
brush on
apply with a brush
patinate, patinise, patinize
coat with a patina
resurface
cover with a new surface
crumb
coat with bread crumbs
copper
coat with a layer of copper
finish
provide with a finish
bonderise, bonderize
coat with a substance that will prevent corrosion
blacktop
coat with blacktop
foliate
coat or back with metal foil
galvanise, galvanize
cover with zinc
pave
cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic
beeswax
cover with beeswax
seal, varnish
cover with varnish
glaze
coat with a glaze
whitewash
cover with whitewash
reline
provide with a new lining
revet
face with a layer of stone or concrete or other supporting material so as to retain
reface
provide with a new facing
face
line the edge (of a garment) with a different material
crib
line with beams or planks
babbitt
line with a Babbitt metal
tar
coat with tar
do up
wrap for decorative purposes
parcel
make into a wrapped container
cere
wrap up in a cerecloth
shrinkwrap
wrap something tightly with heated plastic that shrinks upon cooling
gift-wrap
wrap (a gift) attractively
shroud
wrap in a shroud
daub
apply to a surface
enrobe
provide with a coating
rebind
provide with a new binding
slate
cover with slate
tessellate
tile with tesserae
daub, plaster
coat with plaster
render
coat with plastic or cement
skimcoat
coat with a mixture of gypsum and spackle
paint
apply paint to; coat with paint
gum
cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum
dress
put a dressing on
cream
put on cream, as on one's face or body
cold-cream
put cold cream on one's face
putty
apply putty in order to fix or fill
sponge on
apply with a sponge
clap on, slam on, slap on
apply carelessly
cement
cover or coat with cement
slather
spread thickly
benight
envelop with social, intellectual, or moral darkness
grit
cover with a grit
plate
coat with a layer of metal
tube
place or enclose in a tube
capsulate, capsule, capsulise, capsulize
enclose in a capsule
engulf
flow over or cover completely
sheathe
enclose with a sheath
invaginate
sheathe
cocoon
wrap in or as if in a cocoon, as for protection
bathe
suffuse with or as if with light
enshroud, hide, shroud
cover as if with a shroud
metal
cover with metal
macadamise, macadamize, tarmac
surface with macadam
size
cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)
metalize, metallize
coat with metal
platinize
coat with metallic platinum
porcelainize
coat with porcelain or a porcelain-like surface
zinc
coat or cover with zinc

v form a cover over

“The grass covered the grave”
Synonyms:
spread over
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flood
cover with liquid, usually water
bloody
cover with blood
mist, mist over
become covered with mist
glaciate
cover with ice or snow or a glacier
strew
cover; be dispersed over
grass, grass over
cover with grass
cake, coat
form a coat over
drown, overwhelm, submerge
cover completely or make imperceptible
mantle
cover like a mantle
cloak, clothe, drape, robe
cover as if with clothing
blanket
form a blanket-like cover (over)
carpet
form a carpet-like cover (over)
smother
form an impenetrable cover over
shroud
form a cover like a shroud
flow
cover or swamp with water
deluge, inundate, submerge
fill or cover completely, usually with water
drench, swamp
drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact

v cover as if with a shroud

Synonyms:
enshroud, hide, shroud
Type of:
enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap
enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering

v put something on top of something else

cover the meat with a lot of gravy”
Synonyms:
overlay
Types:
splash
mark or overlay with patches of contrasting color or texture; cause to appear splashed or spattered

v sit on (eggs)

“The female covers the eggs”
Synonyms:
brood, hatch, incubate
hatch
emerge from the eggs
breed
copulate with a female, used especially of horses
Type of:
multiply, procreate, reproduce
have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant

v spread over a surface to conceal or protect

“This paint covers well”
Type of:
conceal, hide
prevent from being seen or discovered

v clothe, as if for protection from the elements

cover your head!”
Synonyms:
wrap up
Type of:
apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
provide with clothes or put clothes on

v invest with a large or excessive amount of something

“She covered herself with glory”
Type of:
empower, endow, endue, gift, indue, invest
give qualities or abilities to

v hide from view or knowledge

“The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House”
Synonyms:
cover up
Types:
gloss over, hush up, sleek over, whitewash
cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
Type of:
conceal, hide
prevent from being seen or discovered

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

Synonyms:
compensate, overcompensate
insure, underwrite
protect by insurance
Type of:
compensate, correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up
adjust for

v play a higher card than the one previously played

“Smith covered again”
Type of:
play
put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game

n a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

“under cover of darkness”
Synonyms:
concealment, covert, screen
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blind
a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters)
camouflage
device or stratagem for concealment or deceit
shoji
a translucent screen made of a wooden frame covered with rice paper
stalking-horse
screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
Type of:
covering
an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

n a natural object that covers or envelops

“the fox was flushed from its cover
Synonyms:
covering, natural covering
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scale
a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals
shell
the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
test
a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins
body covering
any covering for the body or a body part
case, sheath
an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
integument
an outer protective covering such as the skin of an animal or a cuticle or seed coat or rind or shell
blanket, mantle
anything that covers
crust, encrustation, incrustation
a hard outer layer that covers something
envelope
a natural covering (as by a fluid)
cap, hood
a protective covering that is part of a plant
indument, indumentum
a covering of fine hairs (or sometimes scales) as on a leaf or insect
roof
the inner top surface of a covered area or hollow space
shell
a rigid covering that envelops an object
eggshell, shell
the exterior covering of a bird's egg
skim
a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid
slough
any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake)
snowcap
a covering of snow (as on a mountain peak)
vesture
something that covers or cloaks like a garment
peridium
outer layer of the spore-bearing organ in many fungi
pericarp, seed vessel
the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary
chlamys, floral envelope, perianth, perigone, perigonium
collective term for the outer parts of a flower consisting of the calyx and corolla and enclosing the stamens and pistils
sac, theca
a case or sheath especially a pollen sac or moss capsule
indusium
a membrane enclosing and protecting the developing spores especially that covering the sori of a fern
bark
tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
hide, pelt, skin
body covering of a living animal
feather, plumage, plume
the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
protective covering
the tough natural covering of some organisms
fish scale
scale of the kind that covers the bodies of fish
squama
a protective structure resembling a scale
valve
one of the paired hinged shells of certain molluscs and of brachiopods
valve
the entire one-piece shell of a snail and certain other molluscs
scallop shell
a shell of a scallop
oyster shell
a shell of an oyster
phragmacone, phragmocone
the thin conical chambered internal shell (either straight or curved) of a belemnite
theca
outer sheath of the pupa of certain insects
lorica
a hard protective sheath (as secreted by certain protoctists, for example)
seashell
the shell of a marine organism
clamshell
the shell of a clam
cutis, skin, tegument
a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
exuviae
cast-off skins or coverings of various organisms during ecdysis
hair
a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
headful
a covering over the surface of your head
medullary sheath, myelin sheath
a layer of myelin encasing (and insulating) the axons of medullated nerve fibers
neurilemma, neurolemma
thin membranous sheath around a nerve fiber
epicranium
the muscle and aponeurosis and skin covering the cranium
exoskeleton
the exterior protective or supporting structure or shell of many animals (especially invertebrates) including bony or horny parts such as nails or scales or hoofs
calculus, tartar, tophus
an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums
epicarp, exocarp
outermost layer of the pericarp of fruits as the skin of a peach or grape
mesocarp
the middle layer of a pericarp
endocarp, pit, stone
the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed
capsule
a dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses
cinnamon, cinnamon bark
aromatic bark used as a spice
Chinese cinnamon, cassia bark
aromatic bark of the cassia-bark tree; less desirable as a spice than Ceylon cinnamon bark
cinnamon bark
aromatic bark of Saigon cinnamon used medicinally as a carminative
magnolia
dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine
bur, burr
seed vessel having hooks or prickles
tanbark
bark rich in tannin; bruised and cut in pieces to use for tanning; spent tanbark used as a ground covering
mezereum
the dried bark of the shrub mezereon
canella, canella bark, white cinnamon
highly aromatic inner bark of the Canella winterana used as a condiment and a tonic
falls
the petals or sepals of a flower that bend downward (especially the outer perianth of an iris)
Jesuit's bark, Peruvian bark, cinchona, cinchona bark
medicinal bark of cinchona trees; source of quinine and quinidine
cascarilla bark, eleuthera bark, sweetwood bark
aromatic bark of cascarilla; used as a tonic and for making incense
husk
outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds
cascara, cascara sagrada, chittam bark, chittem bark
dried bark of the cascara buckthorn used as a laxative
winter's bark
aromatic bark having tonic and stimulant properties
tapa, tapa bark, tappa, tappa bark
the thin fibrous bark of the paper mulberry and Pipturus albidus
angostura, angostura bark
the bitter bark of a South American tree; used in medicines and liqueurs and bitters
cork
outer bark of the cork oak; used for stoppers for bottles etc.
cork, phellem
(botany) outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells
Type of:
natural object
an object occurring naturally; not made by man

n the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it

“the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft”
Synonyms:
covering, masking, screening
Type of:
concealing, concealment, hiding
the activity of keeping something secret

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

“put the cover back on the kettle”
Synonyms:
top
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cap
a top (as for a bottle)
lid
a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening at the top of a box, chest, jar, pan, etc.
manhole cover
a flush iron cover for a manhole (as in a street)
screwtop
the top of a container that must be screwed off and on
bottlecap
a cap that seals a bottle
nipple
a flexible cap on a baby's feeding bottle or pacifier
radiator cap
cap on the opening in the top of a radiator through which a coolant liquid can be added
trunk lid
hinged lid for a trunk
Type of:
covering
an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

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

Synonyms:
back, binding, book binding
Types:
half binding
book binding in which the spine and part of the sides are bound in one material and the rest in another
three-quarter binding
the spine and much of the sides are a different material from the rest of the cover
Type of:
protection, protective cover, protective covering
a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury

n bedding that keeps a person warm in bed

“he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep”
Synonyms:
blanket
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afghan
a blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl
electric blanket
a blanket containing and electric heating element that can be controlled to the desired temperature by a rheostat
Mackinaw blanket, mackinaw
a thick plaid blanket formerly used in the northwestern United States
manta
a blanket that is used as a cloak or shawl
security blanket
a blanket (or toy) that a child carries around in order to reduce anxiety
Type of:
bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding
coverings that are used on a bed

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

“her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment”
Type of:
concealing, concealment, hiding
the activity of keeping something secret
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v include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

“this should cover everyone in the group”
Synonyms:
comprehend, embrace, encompass
address, deal, handle, plow, treat
act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
Type of:
include
have as a part, be made up out of

v span an interval of distance, space or time

“The period covered the turn of the century”
“This farm covers some 200 acres”
Synonyms:
continue, extend
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cross, span, sweep, traverse
to cover or extend over an area or time period
sweep
cover the entire range of
overlap
extend over and cover a part of
overspread, spread
spread across or over
ridge
extend in ridges
constellate, dot, stud
scatter or intersperse like dots or studs
rake
sweep the length of
imbricate
overlap
transgress
spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

v be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism

“The cub reporter covered New York City”
Synonyms:
report
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

“The course covered all of Western Civilization”
Synonyms:
address, deal, handle, plow, treat
do by, handle, treat
interact in a certain way
comprehend, embrace, encompass
include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
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theologise, theologize
treat from a theological viewpoint or render theological in character
discourse, discuss, talk about
to consider or examine in speech or writing
descant
talk at great length about something of one's interest
talk shop
discuss matters that are related to work
Type of:
broach, initiate
bring up a topic for discussion

v travel across or pass over

“The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day”
Synonyms:
cross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, track, traverse
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tramp
cross on foot
stride
cover or traverse by taking long steps
walk
traverse or cover by walking
crisscross
cross in a pattern, often random
ford
cross a river where it's shallow
bridge
cross over on a bridge
jaywalk
cross the road at a red light
drive, take
proceed along in a vehicle
course
move swiftly through or over
hop
traverse as if by a short airplane trip
Type of:
go across, go through, pass
go across or through

v copulate with a female, used especially of horses

“The horse covers the mare”
Synonyms:
breed
brood, hatch, incubate
sit on (eggs)
Type of:
copulate, couple, mate, pair
engage in sexual intercourse

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

“they made a cover of a Beatles' song”
Synonyms:
cover song, cover version
Type of:
recording
a storage device on which information (sounds or images) have been recorded
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v provide for

“The grant doesn't cover my salary”
Type of:
fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
meet the requirements or expectations of

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

“Is this enough to cover the check?”
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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

“She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week”
Type of:
deputise, deputize, step in, substitute
act as a substitute

v maintain a check on; especially by patrolling

“The second officer covered the top floor”
Synonyms
report
be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism
Type of:
ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

v be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game

Type of:
protect
shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

v protect or defend (a position in a game)

“he covered left field”
Types:
double-team
cover with two defensive players
Type of:
protect
shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

v hold within range of an aimed firearm

Synonyms
continue, extend
span an interval of distance, space or time
Type of:
protect
shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

v to take an action to protect against future problems

“Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself”
Synonyms
insure, underwrite
protect by insurance
Type of:
protect
shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

v protect by insurance

“The insurance won't cover this”
Synonyms:
insure, underwrite
compensate, overcompensate
make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
Types:
reinsure
insure again by assuming all or a part of the liability of an insurance company already covering a risk
indemnify
secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for
Type of:
guarantee, warrant
stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of

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

“artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal”
Synonyms:
covering fire
Type of:
fire, firing
the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

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

Synonyms:
cover charge
Type of:
fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs
a periodic charge that does not vary with business volume (as insurance or rent or mortgage payments etc.)
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