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covert

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adjective co·vert \ˈkō-(ˌ)vərt, kō-ˈ; ˈkə-vərt\

Simple Definition of covert

  • : made, shown, or done in a way that is not easily seen or noticed : secret or hidden

Full Definition of covert

  1. 1 :  not openly shown, engaged in, or avowed :  veiled <a covert alliance>

  2. 2 :  covered over :  sheltered

co·vert·ly adverb
co·vert·ness noun

Examples of covert

  1. He has taken part in a number of covert military operations.

  2. spy agencies taking covert action



Origin of covert

Middle English, from Anglo-French, past participle of coverir to cover


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of covert

secret, covert, stealthy, furtive, clandestine, surreptitious, underhanded mean done without attracting observation. secret implies concealment on any grounds for any motive <met at a secret location>. covert stresses the fact of not being open or declared <covert intelligence operations>. stealthy suggests taking pains to avoid being seen or heard especially in some misdoing <the stealthy step of a burglar>. furtive implies a sly or cautious stealthiness <lovers exchanging furtive glances>. clandestine implies secrecy usually for an evil, illicit, or unauthorized purpose and often emphasizes the fear of being discovered <a clandestine meeting of conspirators>. surreptitious applies to action or behavior done secretly often with skillful avoidance of detection and in violation of custom, law, or authority <the surreptitious stockpiling of weapons>. underhanded stresses fraud or deception <an underhanded trick>.

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covert

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noun co·vert \ˈkə-vərt, ˈkō-vərt also ˈkə-vər\

Definition of covert

  1. 1 a :  hiding place :  shelter b :  a thicket affording cover for game c :  a masking or concealing device

  2. 2 :  a feather covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of a bird — see wing illustration

  3. 3 :  a firm durable twilled sometimes waterproofed cloth usually of mixed-color yarns



Examples of covert

  1. <set up a covert from which to watch wildlife without being detected>

  2. <the rabbit rushed to the safety of the nearest covert>



14th Century

First Known Use of covert

14th century

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