How to use
cooperire, from co- (
) + operire
'to close, cover'
to put something over or be over something in order to hide, close, or protect it
Cover the pot and bake for an hour.
She wore a low-cut dress, partly covered by a thin shawl.
cover something with something
Dan covered his face with his hands.
if something covers a surface, it forms a layer over it
Grey mould covered the walls.
Much of the country is covered by snow.
cover something with/in something
The bulletin board was covered with messages.
The eruption of the volcano covered states as far away as Montana in a fine layer of ash.
to include or deal with a particular subject or group of things
a course covering business law
Are there any areas you feel are not covered adequately in the book?
'Exercise' is a word which covers a vast range of activities.
We need more time to
include so many things
pollutants that are not covered by the Kyoto agreement
to travel a particular distance
They were hoping to cover 40 miles yesterday.
A leopard can
a lot of
to spread over an area
The city covers 25 square miles.
to report the details of an event for a newspaper or a television or radio programme
I'd just returned from covering the Cambodian war.
if a sum of money covers the cost of something, it is enough to pay for it
The award should be enough to cover her tuition fees.
Airlines are raising fares to
if your insurance covers you or your possessions, it promises to pay you money if you have an accident, something is stolen etc
Most policies cover accidental damage to pipes.
The treatment wasn't covered by her healthcare insurance.
cover somebody against/for something
Are we covered for theft?
cover somebody to do something
He thought he was covered to drive the vehicle.
to protect someone by being ready to shoot anyone who attacks them
I'll make for the door - cover me, will you?
to aim a gun at a person or a place where people might be, in order to prevent them from moving or escaping
He stepped into the doorway and swung the gun up to cover the corridor.
to stay close to a member of the opposing team or a part of the field in order to prevent your opponents from gaining points
to perform or record a song that was originally recorded by another artist
They've covered several hits from the 1980s.
cover (all) the bases
to make sure you can deal with any situation or problem so that nothing bad happens
Parents are already stressed trying to cover the bases at home and at work.
cover yourself (against something)
cover your back
cover your butt/ass
to do things in a way that will prevent people from blaming or criticizing you
Doctors are concerned to cover themselves against charges of negligence.
He copied Stella in on the email just to cover his back.
cover your tracks
to try to hide something you have done so that other people do not find out
He started to destroy documents to cover his tracks.
cover for somebody
to do the work that someone else usually does, because they are not there
Who's covering for you while you're away?
to prevent someone from getting into trouble by lying for them, especially about where they are or what they are doing
cover something ↔
to put something on top of something else so that it is completely hidden
The female lays a single egg and covers it over.
cover something ↔ up
to put something over something else so that it cannot be seen
Her legs were so swollen she had to cover them up.
cover something ↔ up
to prevent people from discovering mistakes or unpleasant facts
The affair was covered up and never reached the papers.
Mum's worried, but she covers it up by joking.
cover up for somebody
to protect someone by hiding unpleasant facts about them
They covered up for Kirk by refusing to answer any questions.
to put clothes,
etc over yourself in order to protect or hide your body, or to keep yourself warm
Cover up, or stay out of the sun.
cover yourself up
Hastily, she covered herself up with the towel.
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