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[kuhv-er-ij, kuhv-rij] /ˈkʌv ər ɪdʒ, ˈkʌv rɪdʒ/
Insurance. protection provided against risks or a risk, often as specified:
Does the coverage include flood damage?
Journalism. the reporting and subsequent publishing or broadcasting of news:
The World Series receives international coverage.
the extent to which something is covered.
the area, groups, or number of persons served or reached by a newspaper, radio or television station, advertising campaign, business, etc.; market.
Radio and Television. the area within the broadcasting range of a station or network, usually calculated by the number of owners of radio or television receivers.
Finance. the value of funds held to back up or meet liabilities.
Photography, covering power.
Origin of coverage
1910-15, Americanism; cover + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for coverage
  • Expanding publicly subsidized coverage for low income adults.
  • Expanding coverage will, other things equal, increase health care spending.
  • She lost her coverage because she didn't work enough days in the last school year to qualify for benefits this year.
  • Many mainstream media outlets rely on the group's research in their own political coverage.
  • In other words, outlays on insurance would go up, but premiums per unit of coverage would go down.
  • There is, in fact, little coverage of poetry or poets in the general press.
  • The researcher himself responded to the coverage of his work with a helpful clarification.
  • Our coverage of this kind of research can also arm the consumer with knowledge to help keep him or her from being persuaded.
  • Stay tuned for more online coverage of the story, including video from the crash site.
  • Nominate your favorite for coverage in the magazine.
British Dictionary definitions for coverage


the amount or extent to which something is covered
(journalism) the amount and quality of reporting or analysis given to a particular subject or event
the extent of the protection provided by insurance
  1. the value of liquid assets reserved to meet liabilities
  2. the ratio of liquid assets to specific liabilities
  3. the ratio of total net profit to distributed profit in a company
the section of the public reached by a medium of communication
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coverage

mid-15c., "charge for a booth at a fair," from cover + -age. Reintroduced 1912, American English, in insurance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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