To cover something is to provide protection or hide something.
There are other things that cover a person that are not physical but still offer protection or support:
- Insurance covers you in case of an accident.
- Soldiers in battle cover for each other when there is a gun fight.
- A coworker can cover for a fellow employee who is unable to complete a certain amount of work or is absent from work.
- A friend can cover for another friend who needs support in whatever form that support may take.
Sometimes the word "cover" is used when information is discussed or presented:
- What were some of the topics covered at the meeting?
- The teacher covered the use of the present perfect tense in class today.
- The report covered a lot of ground. (ground = areas of interest, topics)
- The person reading the news on TV covered an investigation that lead to several arrests.
The word "coverage" is a noun:
- The insurance coverage for my car is comprehensive. (The insurance policy covers everything!)
- Television coverage for political issues goes on 24/7 nowadays.
- Cell phone companies provide customers with coverage maps showing where their service is strong or weak.
He’s covering a plant to protect it from the cold air.
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May 22, 2019