To cover something is to provide protection or hide something.

  • A hard hat covers a head and offers protection to a person who works at a construction site.
  • Goggles cover a swimmer’s eyes and make it easier to see underwater.
  • A surgical mask covers a doctor’s mouth to protect both the patient and the doctor.
  • Mittens cover a person’s hands and offer good protection from very cold weather.
  • A tarp covers a very large area and protects whatever is underneath it.
  • A blanket covers a person who wants to stay warm. At night, you sleep under the covers. (covers = blankets and sheets)
  • Bandages cover an area of the body that has been injured. Bandages also hide an injury so that other people don’t have to look at it.

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.

covering a plantHe’s covering a plant to protect it from the cold air.

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May 22, 2019