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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The trick for Republicans and their allied outside groups is figuring out how to avoid conspicuously embracing the president without alienating conservative voters who would view any overt rebuff as a betrayal.
Unlike Zawahiri, Hamza bin Laden has eschewed overt criticism of the Islamic State, perhaps to avoid antagonizing any followers of that terrorist group who might be inclined to shift to al-Qaida.
Unlike Zawahiri, Hamza bin Laden has eschewed overt criticism of the Islamic State, perhaps to avoid antagonizing any followers of that terrorist group who might be inclined to shift to al-Qaeda.
The overt signs of privilege were the black Mercedes and impudent swagger of an oil baron.
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Origin and Etymology of overt
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
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Definition of overt for English Language Learners
: easily seen : not secret or hidden
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Definition of overt for Students
: not secret or hidden overt hostility
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