Definition - Noun
: purchase of goods in substitution for those originally contracted for when the seller fails to fulfill the contract <the buyer is always free to choose between ~ and damages for nondelivery ­Uniform Commercial Code>
: the substituted goods
Under the Uniform Commercial Code, when a seller does not perform on a contract, the buyer has the option of covering, with the seller paying the difference between the cost of the cover and the original contract price, or seeking damages for nonperformance. Reselling is the seller's comparable remedy when a buyer does not perform under a contract.

Definition - Transitive Verb
1  : See also insure<this policy ~s other family drivers>
2  : to give protection against or compensation or indemnification for <doesn't ~ flood damage>
: to obtain cover <where the seller anticipatorily repudiates a contract and the buyer does not ~ ­Cosden Oil & Chemical Co. v. Karl O. Helm AG, 736 F.2d 1064 (1984)>

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