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, enquire 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