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."

Definitions of cover
  1. verb
    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”
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    spread over
    form a cover over
    overlay
    put something on top of something else
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    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 or her 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
  2. verb
    form a cover over
    “The grass covered the grave”
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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
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    adjoin, contact, meet, touch
    be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  3. verb
    cover as if with a shroud
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    enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap
    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
  4. verb
    put something on top of something else
    cover the meat with a lot of gravy”
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    splash
    mark or overlay with patches of contrasting color or texture; cause to appear splashed or spattered
  5. verb
    sit on (eggs)
    “The female covers the eggs”
    synonyms: brood, hatch, incubate
    hatch
    emerge from the eggs
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    multiply, procreate, reproduce
    have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant
  6. verb
    spread over a surface to conceal or protect
    “This paint covers well”
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    conceal, hide
    prevent from being seen or discovered
  7. verb
    clothe, as if for protection from the elements
    cover your head!”
    synonyms: wrap up
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    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
  8. verb
    invest with a large or excessive amount of something
    “She covered herself with glory”
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    empower, endow, endue, gift, indue, invest
    give qualities or abilities to
  9. verb
    hide from view or knowledge
    “The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House”
    synonyms: cover up
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    gloss over, hush up, sleek over, whitewash
    cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
    blinker
    cause to have a limited or narrow view of a situation
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    conceal, hide
    prevent from being seen or discovered
  10. verb
    make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
  11. verb
    play a higher card than the one previously played
    “Smith covered again”
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    play
    put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
  12. noun
    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
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    covering
    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
  13. noun
    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
    canopy
    the uppermost layer of branches and foliage in a forest
    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
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    natural object
    an object occurring naturally; not made by man
  14. noun
    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
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    concealing, concealment, hiding
    the activity of keeping something secret
  15. noun
    covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)
    “put the cover back on the kettle”
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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)
  16. noun
    the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
    synonyms: back, binding, book binding
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    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
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    protection, protective cover, protective covering
    a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
  17. noun
    bedding that keeps a person warm in bed
    “he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep”
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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
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    bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding
    coverings that are used on a bed
  18. noun
    a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent)
    “her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment”
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    concealing, concealment, hiding
    the activity of keeping something secret
  19. verb
    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
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    include
    have as a part; be made up out of
  20. verb
    span an interval of distance, space or time
    “The period covered the turn of the century”
    “This farm covers some 200 acres”
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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
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    be
    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  21. verb
    be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism
    “The cub reporter covered New York City”
    synonyms: report
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    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  22. verb
    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
    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
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    broach, initiate, moot
    bring up a topic for discussion
  23. verb
    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
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    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
  24. verb
    copulate with a female, used especially of horses
    “The horse covers the mare”
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    brood, hatch, incubate
    sit on (eggs)
  25. noun
    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
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    recording
    a storage device on which information (sounds or images) have been recorded
  26. verb
    provide for
    “The grant doesn't cover my salary”
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    fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
    meet the requirements or expectations of
  27. verb
    be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of
    “Is this enough to cover the check?”
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  28. verb
    help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities
    “She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week”
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    deputise, deputize, step in, substitute
    act as a substitute
  29. verb
    maintain a check on; especially by patrolling
    “The second officer covered the top floor”
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    report
    be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism
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    ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
  30. verb
    be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
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    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  31. verb
    protect or defend (a position in a game)
    “he covered left field”
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    double-team
    cover with two defensive players
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    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  32. verb
    hold within range of an aimed firearm
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    continue, extend
    span an interval of distance, space or time
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    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  33. verb
    to take an action to protect against future problems
    “Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself”
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    insure, underwrite
    protect by insurance
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    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  34. verb
    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
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    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
  35. noun
    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
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    type of:
    fire, firing
    the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
  36. noun
    a fixed charge by a restaurant or nightclub over and above the charge for food and drink
    synonyms: cover charge
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    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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