Synonyms of cover in English:


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1‘Jack covered the children with the blanket’

put something on top of, place something over, place under cover
protect, shield, shelter
envelop, enfold, engulf, enclose, tuck, cup, surround, house, sink, embed, bury, submerge, immerse


2‘his car was covered in mud’

cake, coat, encrust, plaster, spread thickly, smother, daub, smear, bedaub, overspread
literary besmear

3‘snow covered the fields’

blanket, overlay, overspread, carpet, overlie, extend over, layer, coat, film, submerge
literary mantle, pave

4‘the scheme covers six local libraries’

include, involve, take in, deal with, contain, comprise, provide for, embrace, embody, incorporate, subsume, refer to, consider

5‘the trial was covered by a range of newspapers’

report, write up, write about, describe, commentate on, tell of, give an account of, write an account of, broadcast details of, publish details of, investigate, look into, inquire into

6‘he turned on the radio to cover their conversation’

mask, disguise, obscure, hide, stop something being overheard, muffle, stifle, smother
camouflage, blot out, cloak, veil, shroud, swathe, secrete, envelop
literary enshroud

7‘if the sergeant wants to know where you are, I'll cover for you’

give an alibi to, provide with an alibi, shield, protect
informal alibi

give away

8‘they could train an extra secretary to cover for others who are on holiday or sick leave’

stand in for, fill in for, act as stand-in for, deputize for, act as deputy for, substitute for, act as substitute for, take over from, double for, be a substitute for
replace, relieve, take the place of, act in place of, do duty for, do a locum for, be a locum for, sit in for, understudy
hold the fort, step into the breach
informal sub for, fill someone's boots, fill someone's shoes
North American informal pinch-hit for

9‘can you make enough to cover your costs?’

offset, counterbalance, balance, cancel out, make up for, pay back, pay, pay for, be enough for, fund, finance, make up, have enough money for, provide for

10‘your home is covered against damage and loss’

insure, protect, secure, underwrite, provide insurance for, assure, indemnify

11‘we covered ten miles each day’

travel, journey, go, do, put behind one, get under one's belt, travel over, pass over, journey across, journey over, traverse, cross, go across, make one's way across, range over, tramp over


1‘a dust cover for the keyboard’

sleeve, wrapping, wrapper, covering, envelope, sheath, sheathing, housing, jacket, casing, cowling
awning, tarpaulin
lid, top, cap

2‘a book cover’

binding, case
jacket, dust jacket, dust cover, wrapper

3covers‘she pulled the covers up over her head’

bedclothes, bedding, sheets, blankets, linen
duvet, quilt, eiderdown
bedspread, counterpane

4‘a thick cover of snow’

coating, coat, covering, layer, carpet, blanket, overlay, topping, dusting, cloak, mantle, canopy, film, sheet, veneer, crust, surface, skim, skin, thickness, deposit, veil, pall, shroud

5‘panicking onlookers ran for cover’

shelter, protection, refuge, hiding, concealment, housing, sanctuary
shield, defence, haven, hiding place

6‘there is considerable game cover around the lake’

undergrowth, vegetation, shrubbery, greenery, ground cover, underwood, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrub
woodland, forest, jungle
bushes, plants
covert, thicket, copse, coppice
North American underbrush, underbush, shin-tangle
British dialect frith
archaic rone
rare herbage, verdure

7‘the company was a cover for an international swindle’

front, facade, smokescreen, screen, blind, deception, camouflage, disguise, mask, cloak, pretext, masquerade, feint

8‘your policy already provides cover against damage by subsidence’

insurance, protection, security, assurance, indemnification, indemnity, compensation

9‘the information you requested is being sent under separate cover’

envelope, wrapper, package
wrapping, packaging


    cover something up

    ‘the government has repeatedly tried to cover up the army's role’


    conceal, hide

    keep secret, hush up, keep dark, draw a veil over, suppress, sweep under the carpet, gloss over


    whitewash, keep a lid on, keep the lid on