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covert

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

Definition of covert

  1. 1 :  not openly shown, engaged in, or avowed :  veiled a covert alliance a covert military operation

  2. 2 :  covered over :  sheltered covert places in the woods

covertly

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covertness

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Examples of covert in a sentence

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

  2. spy agencies taking covert action

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

Definition of covert

  1. 1a :  hiding place :  shelterb :  a thicket affording cover for gamec :  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 in a sentence

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

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

Origin and Etymology of covert

see 1covert


First Known Use: 14th century

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COVERT Defined for English Language Learners

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covert

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

Definition of covert for English Language Learners

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


COVERT Defined for Kids

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covert

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adjective co·vert \ˈkəv-ərt, ˈkō-vərt\

Definition of covert for Students

  1. :  made or done secretly a covert glance covert military operations

covertly

adverb

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covert

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noun co·vert

Definition of covert for Students

  1. 1 :  a hiding place (as a thicket that gives shelter to game animals)

  2. 2 :  one of the small feathers around the bottom of the quills on the wings and tail of a bird



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