To place something upon or over, so as to protect or conceal. To overlay or spread with something: cover potatoes with gravy. To put a cover or covering on. To wrap up; clothe. To invest (oneself) with a great deal of something: covered themselves with glory. To spread over the surface of: Dust covered the table. Snow covered the ground. To extend over: a farm covering more than 100 acres. To copulate with (a female). Used especially of horses. To sit on in order to hatch. To hide or screen from view or knowledge; conceal: covered up his misdemeanors. To protect or shield from harm, loss, or danger. To protect by insurance: took out a new policy that will cover all our camera equipment. To compensate or make up for. To be sufficient to defray, meet, or offset the cost or charge of: had enough funds to cover her check. To make provision for; take into account: The law does not cover all crimes. To deal with; treat of: The book covers the feminist movement. To travel or pass over; traverse: They covered 60 miles in two days. To have as one's territory or sphere of work. To be responsible for reporting the details of (an event or situation): Two reporters covered the news story. To hold within the range and aim of a weapon, such as a firearm. To protect, as from enemy attack, by occupying a strategic position. Sports To guard (an opponent playing offense). Sports To defend (a position or area): cover third base; cover the backcourt. To match (an opponent's stake) in a wager. To purchase (stock that one has shorted).