1 protect, shelter, shield, screen; guard, defend, command:
The guns covered the approaches to the town.
2 Also, cover up or over. conceal, hide, bury, mask, shroud, obscure; dissemble; enclose, envelop:
I was unable to cover my embarrassment. Her face was covered by the hood of the cloak.
3 overlie, spread over, overspread, lie on, layer, coat, blanket:
Oil covers the surface of the lake.
4 wrap, swaddle:
Mother covered us with warm blankets.
5 dress, clothe, garb, attire, robe, sheathe:
She was covered in silk from neck to ankle.
6 extend or stretch over, occupy, engulf, inundate, submerge:
A lake has covered the original site of Abu Simbel.
7 include, comprehend, provide for, comprise, extend over, contain, embody, incorporate, account for, take into account, take in, deal with:
This report covers our activities over the past year.
8 act, take responsibility or charge, stand or sit in, substitute, take over, run things, double:
Go and get some coffee - I'll cover for you.
9 traverse, complete, pass or travel over, travel, cross:
With frequent stops, we could not cover more than 50 miles a day.
10 compensate for, defray, be enough or sufficient for, counter, offset, counterbalance, make up for, insure or protect against:
The policy covers losses of up to a million.
11 lid, top, cap, covering:
I can't find the cover for this pot.
12 binding, boards, wrapper, dust-jacket, jacket:
You can't tell a book by its cover.
13 Often, covers. blanket, quilt, eiderdown, duvet, bedclothes, bedding, (bed) linen; coverlet, counterpane; US comforter:
I crept into bed and pulled the covers over my head.
14 shelter, protection, concealment, hiding-place, hide-out, retreat, refuge; hide, US and Canadian blind; Colloq Brit hidey-hole:
We tried to find some sort of cover till the sun went down.
15 cloak, screen, disguise, concealment, pretence, front, camouflage, smokescreen, cover-up, mask, covering:
His bluster and bullying were only a cover for his cowardice.