Synonyms of cover
1 concealDictionary • the black patch which covered his left eye
conceal • The device, concealed in a dustbin, was defused by police.
screen • The road is screened by a block of flats.
hide • The compound was hidden by trees and shrubs.
shade • You've got to shade your eyes or close them altogether.
mask • A thick grey cloud masked the sun.
disguise • He made no attempt to disguise his contempt.
obscure • The building is almost completely obscured by a huge banner.
veil • Her hair swept across her face, as if to veil it.
cloak • He uses jargon to cloak his inefficiency.
shroud • Mist shrouded the outline of the palace.
camouflage • This is another clever attempt to camouflage reality.
enshroud • the icy chill that enshrouded us
2 clotheDictionary • He covered his head with a turban.
clothe • He was clothed in a dashing scarlet and black uniform.
dress • I dressed her wounds.
wrap • She wrapped the baby in a blanket.
3 overlayDictionary • The clouds had spread and nearly covered the entire sky.
overlay • The floor was overlaid with rugs of Oriental design.
blanket • More than a foot of snow blanketed parts of Michigan.
eclipse • The sun was eclipsed by the moon.
mantle • Many of the peaks were already mantled with snow.
4 coatDictionary • She was soaking wet and covered with mud.
coat • Coat the fish with seasoned flour.
cake • Her hair was caked with mud.
plaster • She gets sunburn even when she plasters herself in lotion.
smear • Smear a little olive oil over the inside of the salad bowl.
envelop • the thick black cloud of smoke that enveloped the area
spread • Spread the bread with the cream cheese.
daub • They daubed his home with slogans.
5 submergeDictionary • Nearly a foot of water covered the streets.
submerge • The river burst its banks, submerging an entire village.
flood • The house was flooded.
engulf • The flat was engulfed in flames.
6 travel over • It would not be easy to cover ten miles on that amount of petrol.
cross • She was partly to blame for failing to look as she crossed the road.
traverse • I traversed the narrow pedestrian bridge.
pass through or over
range • They range widely in search of carrion.
7 protectDictionary • You make a run for it and I'll cover you.
protect • He vowed to protect her all the days of her life.
guard • Gunmen guarded homes near the cemetery.
defend • They defended themselves against some racist thugs.
shelter • A neighbour sheltered the boy for seven days.
shield • He shielded his head from the sun with an old sack.
8 insureDictionary • These items are not covered by your medical insurance.
insure • We automatically insure your furniture and belongings against fire.
compensate • The rewards more than compensated for the inconveniences involved in making the trip.
balance • Balance spicy dishes with mild ones.
make up for
take account of
counterbalance • Add honey to counterbalance the acidity of the sauce.
9 deal withDictionary • The law covers four categories of experiments.
take account of
include • The trip was extended to include a few other events.
involve • The cover-up involved people at the very highest level.
contain • The committee contains 11 Democrats and nine Republicans.
embrace • a theory that would embrace the whole field of human endeavour
incorporate • The new cars will incorporate a number of major improvements.
comprise • The exhibition comprises 50 oils and watercolours.
embody • The proposal has been embodied in a draft resolution.
encompass • His repertoire encompassed everything from Bach to Scott Joplin.
10 considerDictionary • In this lecture, I aim to cover several topics.
examine • He examined her passport and stamped it.
investigate • Gas officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.
detail • The report detailed the human rights abuses committed.
describe • We asked her to describe what she had seen.
recount • He then recounted the story.
11 report on • He was sent to Italy to cover the World Cup.
give an account of
relate • He was relating a story he had once heard.
narrate • The film is a story about power, narrated by an old sailor.
1 protectionDictionary • There were barren wastes of field with no trees and no cover.
protection • Innocence is no protection from the evils in our society.
shelter • the hut where they were given food and shelter
shield • innocents used as a human shield against attack
refuge • They took refuge in a bomb shelter.
defence • The land was flat, giving no scope for defence.
guard • The heater should have a safety guard fitted.
sanctuary • Some of them have sought sanctuary in the church.
camouflage • Her merrymaking was only a camouflage to disguise her grief.
concealment • The criminals vainly sought concealment from the searchlight.
2 insuranceDictionary • Make sure that the firm's accident cover is adequate.
insurance • You are advised to take out insurance on your lenses.
compensation • He received one year's salary as compensation for loss of office.
indemnity • They had failed to take out full indemnity cover.
reimbursement • It can take up to six months before reimbursements are made.
3 coveringDictionary • Put a polythene cover over it to protect it from dust.
covering • Sawdust was used as a hygienic floor covering.
top • the plastic tops from aerosol containers
cap • She unscrewed the cap of her water bottle.
coating • We put on the second coating of lacquer.
envelope • She opened the envelope and withdrew a typed note.
lid • I lifted the lid to give it a quick stir.
canopy • The dais is covered with a silk brocade canopy.
sheath • It grows on a nerve sheath within the spinal column.
awning • They leapt from a first-floor window on to a shop awning.
4 bedclothesDictionary • He groaned and slid farther under the covers.
bedding • They carried food, bedding and clothing with them.
sheet • the luxury of silk sheets
blanket • The mud disappeared under a blanket of snow.
quilt • an old patchwork quilt
5 jacketDictionary • a small book with a green cover
jacket • potatoes in their jackets
case • Vanilla is the seed case of a South American orchid.
wrapper • an unsmoked cigar in its cellophane wrapper
6 disguiseDictionary • The grocery store was just a cover for their betting shop.
disguise • religion is often used as an excuse for war or a disguise for power
front (informal) • a front for crime syndicates
screen • They put a screen in front of me.
mask • His mask cracked, and she saw an angry and violent man.
cover-up • He denied there'd been any cover-up of the fraud.
veil • the chilling facts behind this veil of secrecy
cloak • Individualism is sometimes used as a cloak for self-interest.
façade • They hid the troubles plaguing their marriage behind a façade of family togetherness.
pretence • He claimed the police beat him up under the pretence that he was resisting arrest.
pretext • They wanted a pretext to restart the war.
smoke and mirrors
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ cover for someone
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awningAn awning is a piece of material attached to a caravan or building which provides shelter from the rain or sun.
• They leapt from a first-floor window on to a shop awning.
balanceIf you balance one thing with something different, each of the things has the same strength or importance.
• Balance spicy dishes with mild ones.
make up for,
make up for,
beddingBedding is sheets, blankets, and covers that are used on beds.
• They carried food, bedding and clothing with them.
Thesaurus for cover from the Collins English Thesaurus
to place or spread something over so as to protect or conceal