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

Examples of overt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was never like an overt femininity about her, and that’s always something that I’ve been drawn to in any sort of female muse. Miles Socha, WWD, 5 July 2024 But its backing slipped somewhat after some supporters were caught making overt racist slurs. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 Though there have been hints to other characters from past X-Men movies returning for Deadpool and Wolverine — some more overt than others — only Aaron Stanford's Pyro has been officially confirmed beyond Sabretooth. Nick Romano, EW.com, 28 June 2024 By Thursday, an unofficial list of winners was out, marking an end to what has been mostly a quiet race, devoid of overt campaigning or much public discussion—hardly a surprise, as non-candidates were not allowed to vote. Koh Ewe, TIME, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for overt 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overt was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Overt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overt. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: open to view : not secret
overt hostility
overtly adverb
overtness noun

Medical Definition


ō-ˈvərt, ˈō-ˌvərt also ˈō-vərt
: open to view : readily perceived
overt behavior
overtly adverb

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