\ō-ˈvərt, ˈō-(ˌ)vərt \

Definition of overt 

: open to view : manifest overt hostility overt symptoms of the disease overt discrimination both overt and covert military action

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Other Words from overt

overtly adverb
overtness noun

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The more parents try to deny their kids power, the more kids will use either overt or covert strategies to keep it. USA TODAY, "Believe it or not, parents can win the power struggle by giving kids control," 11 June 2018 Wall also has watercolors in which overt connections are made between nature and human nature. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Representation and abstraction share Kish Gallery," 24 May 2018 Trump’s overt pressure on the Justice Department does not have much legal precedent, according to legal experts. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Trump Demanded a Probe of Possible Campaign 'Infiltration.' The Justice Department Responded—Carefully," 21 May 2018 And most of the female candidates are Democrats, many of whom are appealing to voters with overt references to women's rights, #MeToo and the election of Donald Trump. Kayla Epstein, chicagotribune.com, "As a wave of women seeks office, what happens when they face each other?," 31 May 2018 First Reformed seems presciently poised for 2018’s frightening times, though there are no overt references to the era of Trump. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke, is bruising, vital, and one of the year’s best films," 25 May 2018 Curry opened and closed with overt references to Martin Luther King, but peppered references and sayings attributed to King throughout the sermon. Luke Darby, GQ, "Bishop Michael Curry’s Sermon Stole the Show at the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 First, the overt reason for the meal is to celebrate the Jewish Passover. Robert E. Gordon, WSJ, "A Multi-Layered Drama," 13 July 2018 Each sculpture in this series features feathers – an overt Native American trope. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of overt

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for overt

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from past participle of ovrir to open, from Vulgar Latin *operire, alteration of Latin aperire

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English Language Learners Definition of overt

: easily seen : not secret or hidden


\ō-ˈvərt, ˈō-vərt\

Kids Definition of overt

: not secret or hidden overt hostility


\ō-ˈvərt, ˈō-ˌvərt also ˈō-vərt\

Medical Definition of overt 

: open to view : readily perceived overt behavior

Other Words from overt

overtly adverb

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obstinately defiant of authority

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