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cover



I - noun
1. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something (Freq. 9)
- a 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
Syn:
screen, covert, concealment
Hypernyms:
covering
Hyponyms:
blind, camouflage, shoji, stalking-horse
2. bedding that keeps a person warm in bed (Freq. 8)
- he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep
Syn:
blanket
Derivationally related forms:
coverlet
Hypernyms:
bedclothes, bed clothing, bedding
Hyponyms:
afghan, electric blanket, mackinaw, Mackinaw blanket, manta, security blanket
3. the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it (Freq. 4)
- the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft
Syn:
covering, screening, masking
Derivationally related forms:
mask (for: masking), screen (for: screening), cover (for: covering)
Hypernyms:
concealment, concealing, hiding
4. the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book (Freq. 2)
- the book had a leather binding
Syn:
binding, book binding, back
Derivationally related forms:
back (for: back), bind (for: binding)
Hypernyms:
protective covering, protective cover, protection
Hyponyms:
half binding, three-quarter binding
Part Holonyms:
book, volume
5. a natural object that covers or envelops (Freq. 1)
- under a covering of dust
- the fox was flushed from its cover
Syn:
covering, natural covering
Derivationally related forms:
cover (for: covering)
Hypernyms:
natural object
Hyponyms:
scale, shell, test, body covering, sheath,
case, integument, blanket, mantle, crust, incrustation,
encrustation, envelope, hood, cap, indumentum, indument,
roof, eggshell, skim, slough, snowcap, vesture,
peridium, pericarp, seed vessel, perianth, chlamys, floral envelope,
perigone, perigonium, theca, sac, indusium, bark
6. covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container) (Freq. 1)
- he removed the top of the carton
- he couldn't get the top off of the bottle
- put the cover back on the kettle
Syn:
top
Hypernyms:
covering
Hyponyms:
cap, lid, manhole cover, screwtop
7. fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations (Freq. 1)
- artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal
Syn:
covering fire
Hypernyms:
fire, firing
8. a fixed charge by a restaurant or nightclub over and above the charge for food and drink
Syn:
cover charge
Hypernyms:
fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs
9. a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else
- they made a cover of a Beatles' song
Syn:
cover version, cover song
Hypernyms:
recording
10. a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent)
- her new name and passport are cover for her next assignment
Hypernyms:
concealment, concealing, hiding

II - verb
1. provide with a covering or cause to be covered (Freq. 35)
- cover her face with a handkerchief
- cover the child with a blanket
- cover the grave with flowers
Ant:
uncover
Derivationally related forms:
covering
Hyponyms:
frost, daub, smear, roof, mulch,
turf, bank, carpet, board up, bedaub, besmear,
bark, coat, surface, butter, wallpaper, paper,
canvas, oil, wax, veneer, grease, wash,
line, face, feather, wrap, wrap up, spritz,
felt, paste, cloak, coif, hold, jacket,
foil, whiteout, white out, flash, pall, sod,
bind, plank, plank over, parcel, flake, recover,
hood, cowl, clapboard, canopy, bread, blinker,
blindfold, aluminize, aluminise, crown, sheet, tile,
lag, mask, block out, blanket, plaster, plaster over,
stick on, paint, put on, apply, laminate, spray,
brush, ice, smother, surround, envelop, enfold,
enwrap, enclose, sheathe, crape, crepe, concrete,
blacklead, grass, gravel, lime, mound over, straw,
spread, drape, dust, beplaster, steel
Verb Group:
overlay, spread over
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Something ----s something
- They cover the halls with holly
2. form a cover over (Freq. 19)
- The grass covered the grave
Syn:
spread over
Derivationally related forms:
covering
Hypernyms:
touch, adjoin, meet, contact
Hyponyms:
flood, bloody, mist, mist over, glaciate,
strew, grass, grass over, coat, cake, submerge,
drown, overwhelm, mantle, clothe, cloak, drape,
robe, blanket, carpet, smother, shroud
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s something
- Holly flowers cover the halls
3. span an interval of distance, space or time (Freq. 18)
- The 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
Syn:
continue, extend
Derivationally related forms:
extent (for: extend)
Hypernyms:
be
Hyponyms:
cross, traverse, span, sweep, overlap,
spread, overspread, ridge, dot, stud, constellate
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s something
4. provide for (Freq. 16)
- The grant doesn't cover my salary
Hypernyms:
satisfy, fulfill, fulfil, live up to
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Something ----s something
5. act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression (Freq. 14)
- This book deals with incest
- The course covered all of Western Civilization
- The new book treats the history of China
Syn:
treat, handle, plow, deal, address
Derivationally related forms:
treatment (for: treat), coverage
Hypernyms:
broach, initiate
Hyponyms:
theologize, theologise, discourse, talk about, discuss
Verb Group:
treat, handle, do by, embrace, encompass, comprehend
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Something ----s something
- Somebody ----s PP (for: deal)
6. include in scope;
include as part of something broader;
have as one's sphere or territory (Freq. 10)
- This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds
- this should cover everyone in the group
Syn:
embrace, encompass, comprehend
Derivationally related forms:
comprehensive (for: comprehend), comprehension (for: comprehend), encompassment (for: encompass)
Hypernyms:
include
Verb Group:
treat, handle, plow, deal, address
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s something
7. travel across or pass over (Freq. 4)
- The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day
Syn:
traverse, track, cross, pass over, get over,
get across, cut through, cut across
Derivationally related forms:
crossing (for: cross), track (for: track), traverse (for: traverse), traverser (for: traverse), traversal (for: traverse)
Hypernyms:
pass, go through, go across
Hyponyms:
tramp, stride, walk, crisscross, ford,
bridge, jaywalk, drive, take, course, hop
Verb Frames:
- Something is ----ing PP
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s PP
8. be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism (Freq. 3)
- Snow reported on China in the 1950's
- The cub reporter covered New York City
Syn:
report
Derivationally related forms:
coverage, report (for: report), reporter (for: report), reportage (for: report), reporting (for: report)
Hypernyms:
inform
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Somebody ----s PP (for: report)
- They won't cover the story
9. hold within range of an aimed firearm (Freq. 2)
Hypernyms:
protect
Verb Group:
continue, extend
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
10. to take an action to protect against future problems (Freq. 1)
- Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself
Hypernyms:
protect
Verb Group:
insure, underwrite
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
11. hide from view or knowledge (Freq. 1)
- The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House
Syn:
cover up
Derivationally related forms:
cover-up (for: cover up), covering
Hypernyms:
hide, conceal
Hyponyms:
whitewash, gloss over, sleek over, hush up
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
12. protect or defend (a position in a game) (Freq. 1)
- he covered left field
Hypernyms:
protect
Hyponyms:
double-team
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
13. maintain a check on;
especially by patrolling (Freq. 1)
- The second officer covered the top floor
Hypernyms:
see, check, insure, see to it, ensure,
control, ascertain, assure
Verb Group:
report
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
14. protect by insurance (Freq. 1)
- The insurance won't cover this
Syn:
insure, underwrite
Derivationally related forms:
underwriter (for: underwrite), insurer (for: insure), insurance (for: insure), coverage
Hypernyms:
guarantee, warrant
Hyponyms:
reinsure, indemnify
Verb Group:
compensate, overcompensate
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Something ----s somebody
- Something ----s something
15. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
- he is compensating for being a bad father
Syn:
compensate, overcompensate
Derivationally related forms:
overcompensation (for: overcompensate), compensation (for: compensate)
Hypernyms:
compensate, counterbalance, correct, make up, even out,
even off, even up
Verb Group:
insure, underwrite
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s something
16. invest with a large or excessive amount of something
- She covered herself with glory
Hypernyms:
endow, indue, gift, empower, invest, endue
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody PP
- Somebody ----s something PP
17. help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities
- She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week
Hypernyms:
substitute, deputize, deputise, step in
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s PP
18. be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of
- Is this enough to cover the check?
Hypernyms:
be
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s PP
19. spread over a surface to conceal or protect
- This paint covers well
Derivationally related forms:
covering
Hypernyms:
hide, conceal
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s
20. cover as if with a shroud
- The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery
Syn:
shroud, enshroud, hide
Derivationally related forms:
shroud (for: shroud)
Hypernyms:
envelop, enfold, enwrap, wrap, enclose
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Something ----s something
- Somebody ----s something PP
21. copulate with a female, used especially of horses
- The horse covers the mare
Syn:
breed
Topics:
animal husbandry
Hypernyms:
copulate, mate, pair, couple
Verb Group:
brood, hatch, incubate
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s
22. put something on top of something else
- cover the meat with a lot of gravy
Syn:
overlay
Derivationally related forms:
overlay (for: overlay), overlayer (for: overlay)
Hyponyms:
splash
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Something ----s something
23. play a higher card than the one previously played
- Smith covered again
Topics:
card game, cards
Hypernyms:
play
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s
24. be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
Hypernyms:
protect
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
25. sit on (eggs)
- Birds brood
- The female covers the eggs
Syn:
brood, hatch, incubate
Derivationally related forms:
incubation (for: incubate), incubator (for: incubate), hatch (for: hatch), brood (for: brood), brooder (for: brood)
Hypernyms:
reproduce, procreate, multiply
Verb Group:
breed, hatch
Entailment:
sit down, sit
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s
26. clothe, as if for protection from the elements
- cover your head!
Syn:
wrap up
Derivationally related forms:
covering
Hypernyms:
dress, clothe, enclothe, garb, raiment,
tog, garment, habilitate, fit out, apparel
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something

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